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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Unique Natural Products - Review & Giveaway!




I was recently given the opportunity to review Unique Natural Products cleaners. I don't know if you're aware of this or not, but let me just clue you in: little boys are GROSS. And I mean that in all the love a mother can say, gross - gross - gross! So when Aly of Unique Natural Products contacted me to review their line of natural cleaners, especially the Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator, I didn't even hesitate. And we don't even have pets. Heh!

So we have this glider in our living room that, I'm not even kidding you, I was minutes away from listing on Craigslist for FREE. The cushion is not washable, which should be baby registry 101. Silas is completely potty trained, but he had fallen asleep twice on this thing and had accidents both times. We're still working on the night time, if you can't tell.

Combine that with quite a few juice spills, and you have one big, nasty embarrassment sitting in your living room! I whipped out that Pet Odor & Stain Eliminator, fully saturated the cushion, gave it a little elbow grease with a white washcloth, and... well. See for yourself:





Is that not AMAZING?! I literally stood there watching the stain disappear, it was like science class. There was one small spot on the edge of the cushion that I used the Wine Stain Eater on, and that took it right out as well. Don't even get me started on how the ingredients are safe and natural to use around kids. Aly, you have a customer for life!

Here are some more facts about Unique cleaning products:
  • All natural/safe for your family and pets
  • Removes stains AND odors
  • Uses bacteria and enzymes (not just enzymes)
  • Cleans all the way to the floor boards
  • Carried in over 3,000 stores in the US
  • Guaranteed to work
  • Inexpensive
If you're interested in purchasing some Unique cleaners from their website, they've provided an extra $2 off every product ordered exclusive for Semi Homemade Mom readers! Just use promo code: semihomemademom, promotion expires Feb. 28, 2013.

But wait, there's more! (I feel like an infomercial lol) Unique has offered to giveaway a set of their most popular cleaners to one lucky Semi Homemade Mom reader! A total retail value of $58.20! Scroll down to enter:
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Show & Share Wednesday #22




So we went from record low temps last week to a high of 61 yesterday and today. You think this is the reason my family is constantly sick?! Don't get me wrong, it was SO nice to get the boys out of the house yesterday without coats! The fresh air did us all some good. I hope the weather is nice where you live today! If not, bundle up with a hot cup of coffee and check out our Show & Share party. So glad you could join us today. :)

Here were the top clicked links from last week's party:


Crockpot Chicken & Noodles - Table for 7





Crustless Quiche - Posed Perfection





Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff - Frugal Foodie Mama





Ok, I'm already hungry! Let's get this party started!

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Semi Homemade Mom's Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who got the most clicks!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake



So, Paul has been begging me to make him a peanut butter cheesecake for I don't even know how long. Now, before you think I'm a horrible wife, let me explain. The man DOESN'T EAT DESSERT. I'm not kidding. I'll make cakes, cookies, etc. and I'M the one that eats the entire thing. That's why I usually don't make desserts with peanut butter because it would seriously sit there until it went bad.

When I found out that the next Iron Chef Mom ingredient was peanut butter, I knew I had to finally make a peanut butter cheesecake. This one was amazing! Silas actually begs me every day for a piece of the "cheese tate" and wants me to make this for his birthday cake next month. It's a keeper for sure!


Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
adapted from Mom's Crafty Space

Crust:

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:
5 (8oz) blocks cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
8oz Reese's mini peanut butter cups, halved
chocolate syrup (optional)

Set the cream cheese out to soften as it comes to room temperature.  For the crust, mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter until moist. Press crust into the bottom and half way up the sides of a 9 inch spring form pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 325. In a stand mixer, beat the softened cream cheese and sugar. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and beat until well combined. In a small bowl, crack the eggs and beat slightly with a whisk. Gradually pour the beaten eggs into the mixing bowl on low speed. Gently fold in the chopped mini peanut butter cups. Spread batter into graham cracker crust and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, the center will still be slightly giggly. Allow cheesecake to cool on counter and then refrigerate overnight. Serve with drizzled chocolate syrup, if desired.





So, do you have a great peanut butter recipe? Come share it at our weekly Iron Chef Mom competition! Kristi over at I Should Be Mopping The Floor is hosting this week, it's going to be a blast! See you there and good luck. :)





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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 1/28 - Nothing New!



Well, after two weeks of trying mainly new recipes for dinners, I'm taking a week off! I've found some amazing new meals to share with you all, but I'm looking forward to having some of our favorites this week. 

Are any of you planning big Super Bowl parties? It happens to be my brother's birthday so we'll be heading over there for some food and fun. Who knows what I'll end up bringing!

Here's my plan for the week:



Crockpot Honey Mustard Chicken Dinner







Pasta E Fagioli Soup







Taco Mac Casserole







Perfect French Bread Pizza







Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole







Breakfast - Pumpkin Pie French Toast



Dinner - Slow Cooked Sticky Chicken







Breakfast - Leftover French Toast



Dinner - Bubble Up Enchiladas





I hope you have a wonderful week! Check out some more great menu ideas at Menu Plan Monday, Stone Gable, and Scraps of Life.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stuffed Corn & Black Bean Quesadillas



This is one of those meatless recipes that you would never know (or care) is meatless! These are probably my favorite quesadillas ever, not joking. The combination of the beans and the cheese and the corn... seriously. Paul and I have come a long way from eating Taco Bell once every week when we were first married! It didn't help that we were living right next to an outlet mall that we absolutely loved. It was just too easy to drive through and get an order of quesadillas and some soft taco supremes, you know?! 

But honestly, I didn't know how much better Mexican food could be. So incredibly easy, too. If you want, allow the quesadillas to cool an extra ten minutes, slice into quarters instead, and you have a KICKING game day appetizer!


Stuffed Corn & Black Bean Quesadillas
adapted from Budget Bytes, serves 8

8 burrito sized tortillas
15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen corn, do not thaw
1/2 red onion
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
salsa
shredded lettuce


In small food processor, chop parsley and red onion. Dump diced onion and parsley into a large mixing bowl. Mix in black beans, frozen corn, taco seasoning, and cheese until well combined. 



Place 1/2 cup filling on half of a tortilla and fold. Cook over medium heat on a non-stick griddle. Flip when cheese has begun to melt and cook an additional 2 minutes. Repeat for remaining tortillas and filling. Allow to cool slightly, and slice each quesadilla in half with a pizza cutter. Serve with shredded lettuce, salsa, and sour cream for dipping.




P.S. - Silas just walked by the computer and asked me if I was making these for dinner. We just had them last night. This is the picky one.



In the mood for more Mexican flavors? I've got some other ideas for ya:


Southwest Chicken Wraps




Salsa Meatloaf Bites




Corn Chip Taco Salad
Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Show & Share Wednesday #21



Wowzas! Last week's party was our biggest one yet, over 120 links! Thank you for making our link party such a success. 

Just a reminder, be sure to follow Semi Homemade Mom on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Pinterest. I share my personal favorites from the party on a social media page each week, so be sure to check and see if you've been featured!

Let's get right to it! Here were the top three clicked links from last week:



Mommy Edwards - Weight Loss Project





Julie's Eats & Treats - Breakfast Enchiladas





Live it Well - Perfect Baked Fries





Congrats! You've been Pinned and Tweeted! :)


Congrats you three!

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Semi Homemade Mom's Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who got the most clicks!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Yogurt Cranberry Coffee Cake



I really love coffee cake. I mean who doesn't love a baked good that's perfectly acceptable to eat any time of the day? My favorite is the streusel topping. You can't have a coffee cake without a streusel topping! 

This one sounded so different, I simply had to try it. Plus, I have several cans of whole berry cranberry sauce hanging around since Thanksgiving that need to get used up. I'm planning on make these as muffins next and freezing. 

This coffee cake was wonderful! I love that it only uses brown sugar which cuts down on the sweetness of the cake to let the flavor of the cranberries come through. Really tasty and simple to make!


Yogurt Cranberry Coffee Cake
from King Arthur Flour

1/2 cup butter
1 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup yogurt (I used vanilla flavored)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
9.5 oz can whole berry cranberry sauce

Streusel:
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour


In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add in the yogurt, extracts, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Finally, gradually mix in the flour. Divide batter between two greased loaf pans. Spoon cranberry sauce over tops of both cakes. 



For the streusel, mix together brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and flour. Cut in butter with two knives or use a food processor until you have coarse crumbs. Sprinkle streusel over cranberry sauce. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.





This post is part of the Iron Chef Mom competition! Trish at Mom On Timeout is hosting this week's secret ingredient: VANILLA! Be sure to stop on over to submit your vanilla recipe and check out the other yummy ideas. Good luck!

Linking up to these fabulous parties. Check them out!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 1/21 - New Recipes!



Well, last week was a good one, but I'm glad it's finally over! Paul spent the week in DC for school and I was so happy on Friday when he came back. I was really exhausted! I was proud of myself for sticking to the meal plan pretty well. We did meet my sister, brother in law, and nephew for dinner one night which was really fun.

Saturday was probably the highlight of the week. We have an awesome kids band in our area and they were playing at a local supermarket on Saturday morning so we went to see them. So fun! After the concert, it was so nice out that we took the kids to play on the playground for a good while. It was actually Wesley's first time playing and running around, it was so fun to watch him. I think the fresh air and sunshine did us all good!

This week I have a full menu planning with lots of new recipes to try. Here's the plan:


Crockpot BBQ Ribs

Source: food.com via Kelly on Pinterest





Fiesta Macaroni, side salad






Spinach Tomato Tortellini






Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas






Pierogies with steamed veggies






Breakfast - Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal



Dinner - Shrimp Scampi






Breakfast - Leftover baked oatmeal



Dinner - Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches




I hope you have a wonderful week! Check out some more great menu ideas at Menu Plan Monday, Stone Gable, and Scraps of Life.

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