The Drummer’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper Shaker: “The Pump & Grind”

The Drummer’s Salt ‘n’ Pepper Shaker: “The Pump & Grind”

I know a woman that has collected salt & pepper shakers her entire life, and a lot of her collection is on display in the Museum of Salt & Pepper Shakers in Gatlinburg, TN.  (Yes, such a place exists. There’s a sister site in Spain.)  I have a feeling she would be quite bored with this variety.  They have a cool function, but they aren’t shaped like little “his & her” toilets. It impressed me, because I have a lot of Vic Firth Drumsticks, practice pads, and drumheads….. when I researched this product, found out VIC FIRTH has branched out from the percussion world & slapped his name on salt & pepper mills and rolling pins! They are the “Pump & Grind” Salt ‘n’ Pepper shakers from Vic...

Edible Frosted Rose Petals

Edible Frosted Rose Petals

Right up front, I want to tell you the reason I am blogging about this today.  If you decide to do this for Valentine’s Day, it’ll be too late to search for and/or order the petals. ****The only problem with this recipe that you will run into is acquiring ORGANIC ROSE petals.  (I hate it when I get to the end of an article, blog, recipe & I find out it requires something like “get a Cambodian goat to sit on it for 30 min.”  Then I have a ton of ingredients for nothing. ‘Want to know a secret?  I did try this on some roses once that  I didn’t have positive proof they were organic – - & they were fine – especially since it was one measly petal atop a cupcake.  HOWEVER, if you are going to make some for a...

Beans, Beans, They’re Good for Your Heart….

Beans, Beans, They’re Good for Your Heart….

Happy New Year!  ‘Wanna save money & be healthier? BEANS!  (Who cares about a little gas….)  Seriously, heart disease plagues Americans, and we all need to get serious about healthy proteins.  The bonus:  it’s inexpensive done this way. My momma’s been saying this for a long time in my adult life, but like all people, we don’t hear our momma the first time.  “Have you cooked some beans?”  “What about some dried beans?”  I finally talked to her about it & discovered a great way to get my protein in without the cholesterol. Don’t be scared.  You can dress these up with relish as a side dish, or you could make it the main attraction by adding tomato, onion, salsa, cilantro, sour cream,...

Ol’ Nuke’s Red Pepper Tea for Sinus Problems

Ol’ Nuke’s Red Pepper Tea for Sinus Problems

For the last few months, it seems like most everyone I know has had to battle a “crud,” “funk” or sinus situation.  I was immune for a while, but didn’t get left out by this “lingering” nuisance.  I am feeling much better, but it has taken quite a bit of time!  Because of the holiday season, I had to buck up & fight it the old-fashioned way.  A sweet someone brewed me a pipin’ hot (and I mean hot) kettle of Red Pepper Tea and made sure I stayed put, and now I am on the mend!   Tips on how to fight sinus problems and drainage….or whatever non-flu thing this is….: ~Get over yourself.  You can’t substitute any over the counter medicine for rest. Do what you have to do to get rest. ~Netti...

Candied Bacon Recipe

Candied Bacon Recipe

The sweet, salt, and crunch of this accessory can turn a dish into something spectacular!  Whole slices, broken up, or hammered into bits could change the game for your entree!   Salads, sundaes, cookies, or snacks – - – it’s an all-purpose treat!   What you need: Bacon Slices (however many you want) – Opt for the Maple kind if you want an added flavor! Gluten-free? Get GF bacon! Brown sugar (1 TBS for every 4 slices) A pan that is lined with aluminum foil.  (This will do a number on your pan if you don’t!) Preheated oven to 400 degrees   1. Lay the bacon on the pan – close together so you don’t lose as much sugar. 2. Sprinkle brown sugar  - (see above ratio)  thinly covering them. 3.  Put in oven –...

Sweet & Spicy Tandoori Pumpkin Seeds

Sweet & Spicy Tandoori Pumpkin Seeds

Pie Pumpkins are a special variety of pumpkins that are usually available in the stores right about now.  They have way more uses than jack-o-lanterns…….If you’re making a recipe, you might as well save the seeds for this tasty snack.  Also – you might even save the guts to try your hand at a little pumpkin pampering with a Pumpkin facial, manicure, and/or pedicure!   Sweet & Spicy Tandoori Pumpkin Seeds Fresh Pumpkin Seeds (extracted from a pumpkin….) PAM or spray oil Tandoori seasoning Sugar 1. Preheat the oven at 400 – Get a cookie sheet – cover with foil & spray with oil. 2.Cut off the pumpkin’s stem & cut the pumpkin in half. 3. Spoon out the guts into a different bowl. 4.  Extract the seeds...