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...

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...

Licorice – A Sponsor of Happy Birthdays!

Licorice – A Sponsor of Happy Birthdays!

When I went to Italy, I recall having an upset stomach one evening after one of many fantastic meals made by my Italian friends. One of those friends reached in her purse & said, “Ecco.” (“Here.”) She handed me a tiny tablet that was smaller than a tic tac, and said “Put it under your tongue & suck on it.” It was so black, it actually looked like she might be giving me a “pill of death.” (ha!) It had a pretty bitter taste for a short while, but it ended on a VERY sweet note. It also ended with me wearing a black tongue for about 2 days. (I accidentally let it slip out from under there a few times. It stains the tongue.) I’m not completely sure what it was called, but it was a licorice tablet of some...

Best Brand of Banana Pepper Rings: “Wickles’ Wicked Pepper Rings”

Best Brand of Banana Pepper Rings: “Wickles’ Wicked Pepper Rings”

Summer is HERE! If you are looking for something that you can add to cookouts & fresh summer dishes that doesn’t cost much & still wows the crowd – Wickles Banana Pepper Rings is your answer. Versatile: They’re not just any old addition to your dish – they’re a really tasty dish that packs a punch of flavor to ANY of your dishes.  I noticed in 4 days time, I had added them to tuna salad, pizza, beans/peas (relish substitute), all kinds of sandwiches…… Just enough Sweet & Spice: I was already in love with Wickles’ Pickle relish that involves a “kick” of heat caused by the addition of red pepper.  These banana rings don’t disappoint, because they have the same “kick!”  When...