Snack Time

Yes, I am hungry.  Nothing really new is it?  But you know how I love love love carbs....of course, who doesn't.  I do not like what all carbs do to me, though.  So it is important to get good food that is good for me that taste good and is made well, good.  Just how do you hit all of this at one time?

Almondina Toastees is my favorite go to snack.  They have the crunch, flavor and just all around amazing....goodness.  Now I am a sucker for a good crunchy biscuit.  Add in flavors such as Cranberry Almond, Sesame Almond, Coconut Orange or Lemon Poppy and you have snack heaven.  Past the wonderful flavors is the factors of no added fat, no cholesterol or salt or trans fat or preservatives.  For those who are lactose intolerant they are dairy free!  

So what is the negative on this snack treat?  NONE, nope not guilt, great flavor and satisfying crunch.  So help yourself....soon!

How?  Well how about winning some right here.  You can win 3 full size packages.  My favorite is always cranberry almond.  I was shocked at how grat the sesame almond was also, toasted nutty flavor.  And who would not want the hawaiian flavors of coconut orange?  The Lemon Poppy is perfect with a hot cup of herbal tea.  Entry is easy.  Just leave a comment here on this post.  I will pick a winner by random choice.  Make sure you leave your e-mail so I can contact you!

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SURPRISE!!!

Guess what?

Come on.....

Guess.......?

I am going to get to be a new Nonnie once again!



Yes, my baby is having her baby!  Such happiness and joy.  And of course that means I get to shower her with gifts.  

You know what one of the very first ones would be.....

You know.......yes of course.....A BOOK!

I always make sure my grandbabes have plenty of books.  And their first one this time will be Baby Touch and Feel "I Love You". It is always great to have a book that is interactive for small hands.  Touching the different sensations as well as seeing the bold colors. Also coming this spring, a new lap board book by DK. Cleverly designed in a large trim size, 100 First Words (On-sale March 7, 2017; $9.99) is the start of baby’s learning adventure. Crystal-clear photos show the wonder of the real world, from baby’s body to baby’s food, while delightful illustrations tell simple stories that foster learning, from penguins playing in the snow to a mouse climbing a ladder.

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Roasted Goodness

So fall is over with....
well?

Maybe??

Okay, I am one of those people who is in love with roasted pumpkin......everything!


So I hoard pumpkins for as long as I can to cook with.  But eventually I do have to do just that....cook them.  Which I do.  Just slice in half, scoop out the seeds and roast in the oven.


Then you can scoop out the inside goodness and blend away.  Thus you have fresh roasted pumpkin to store in your freezer to use all year.

This year I have a new Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO.   It comes complete with a food processor, this all-in-one kitchen innovation combines Ninja’s powerful Nutrient and Vitamin Extraction with the all-new Nutrient Fusion so you can unlock the full potential of ordinary fruits and vegetables while bringing together fresh, vibrant ingredients for flavorful snacks, meals, and desserts. 


I had it go head to head with my old Ninja from 2014.  Yes!  My old one is 3 years old and is still going strong.  Ninja's are just that good folks.  


So I blended my roasted pumpkin in both of my Ninja's.  And surprising enough the texture was the same in both of them.  Surprised?  Well, I guess I was.  I thought maybe one would outdo the other.  But hey, you know....a great product is just that, a great product.  How wonderful it is to know that a company can put out such quality continuously. 


But I will tell you something!  Using my new Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO did make it so much easier to make my vanilla pumpkin soup.  I was able to use the fusion control and really have an amazingly smooth and creamy soup.


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Fresh As A....

Daisy!  Right?  Nope....

Lemongrass!

That is it...fresh as lemongrass.   Yes, I have finally found a product in lemongrass that I love the scent of.  That would be Method Kitchen Hand Wash in lemongrass.  It has been in the past with cleaning products that I thought there was an off scent to lemongrass when I have always hoped for something that is light and clean.  You can not imagine how happy I was to wash my hands and breath in the scent of a warm summer day!

But here is the best part ever!  Method Kitchen Hand Wash also gets rid of those scents that linger when you're fixing the dinner magic.  I have had lingering scents of onions, garlic, and ginger all wash away since using this new hand wash.  And I am eager to try out the other scents of thyme, clementine and basil!

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Spoiled Rotten

Do you love your pets as if they were your family?  Well, I do!  My four fur babies are what calm me.  Petting them as they wiggle and lick me always makes me laugh.  To see such joy from them, knowing how happy they are to just be loved on.  It makes me want to do all I can do to show them they are vital and important in my life.  Thus a little spoiling here and there goes a long way.

Lately, our youngest is a foster from our city pound.  She is all legs and teeth right now.  Wanting to chew as it is the stage of puppyhood we all know so well.  The best thing we have ever found is to have TONS of toys around for her to have access too.  Also not to freak out when there is the occasional slip up on what she decides to chew on.  Most often if we as "parents" had kept our belongings out of range then she would not have chewed on them.  One of the favorite tail-wagging treats is Pup-peroni sticks.  And of course, you know how hard it is for them to eat just one.  Thankfully I can break them into bite size bits. I think of these as doggie beef sticks.

Now at the very same time, it is also important to give healthy treats to our four-legged darlings.  The deserve to be fed food of quality.  I know that good food is important to my diet as well as theirs.  We have loved sharing Farmer's Medley Biscuits by Milk-Bone with our fur babies.  And I promise you these treats have not gone by the wayside with them like others have.  Sometimes they have actually snarled their little lips at dull tasting treats.  Instead, these are lapped up and crunched away on in an instant.  I really love that my littlest dog can easily eat them!


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Rainbow Tint

You have heard of looking at life through rose colored glasses.  Where you try to see life as a "rosy" outlook.  Taking it in optimistically.  Or better yet smelling the perfume but not feeling the thorns.

Well, I am having a little more skewed outlook.  Instead, I am doing my best to see life through rainbow colored eyes.  Or more so, prism glasses that create a rainbow hue on the edges of things.

I have one eye that pulls in due to muscle damage.  So there are prisms on my glasses to help me with double vision.  I am glad for the help and more so for the new outlook on life.  If I can remember that inside a person are the rainbow effects I am now seeing on the outside, then I will learn to see their beauty and not their flaws.

I think this is better than just having a rosy outlook on life.  Instead, I am truly desiring to see the best of their spirit.  Maybe this is a better way to start a new year.

Burrr-diggity

Oh, my I hate how cold it is getting.  Yeah, I am such a wimp to cold weather.  My toes and fingers freeze so easy.  All I wish to do is find a heater to curl up on top of!  Sadly I am not a cat and don't fit within the pipes.

Thus I am wearing 2 pairs of socks and house shoes while I am trying to do some chores around the house.  Hopefully moving around will also keep me warm.  Of course every now and then I manage to have a hot flash.  Lovely menopause!  So from freezing pain to melting flesh in 3 seconds.  Then of course once I am through sweating all over I go back to freezing.  Yet worse since I am now wet with sweat that is then making me even colder.

Okay well off to work around the house and time to keep warm.  Have a good day!


Time To Shark It!

So being that I live in the dustiest town in Texas, my house is in a constant need of cleaning.  Let's not add in that it is 90+ years old and has NO insulation of any kind.  Top that off with 4 dogs and a cat.  (We currently have the "Puppy 5000" going on where they race around the house to see who can stir up the most dirt!)  With all these animals I would be crazy if we did not have a doggie door for them to track in even more dirt....I mean go outside to do their daily business of barking and stalking birds.  I am sure you can guess that there is dog hair, cat hair, dirt and dust all over my house.  I sweep every single day.  I also mop every single day.  And I dust at least once every single day.  Not that you could tell.

So if you do not think I have not used many different ways to clean these floors your as crazy as I am.  I have two different vacuum cleaners now and not happy with the way either one of them preforms.  Thus that is why I sweep my floors all the time.  I have one lil ol thing thing that does nothing but push the dirt around.  I mean every time I use it the canister is empty.  Thus it sits in the corner collecting even more dust.  Beside it is an upright that is supposed to be great.  Hepa filter and all...big, bulky and just as useless.  I think that these two non suction suckers are just laughing at me every time I turn them on.
Thus, when Shark offered me a new Shark Rocket with Duo Clean technology that will not only do my hardwood floors but also my small carpets, you bet I said yes!  The Duo Clean means that there is both a brush and a roller that ensures that both the bigger items and the smaller ones will be picked up.  It arrived while I was gone so today I opened up the box to see what was there.
Yes there was a little set up but it was really easy.  No worrying on what fit where and how...pretty much look, place, click and go. Also I loved that this was lightweight. I am not lugging around a dragon of a machine.  Top it off I can not only clean my floors but I can use the tools to dust (how I need that), clean the pet hair off the furniture, get up high onto the ceiling fans and those cob webs that get up into our 10 foot ceilings (it did reach all the way up too!) as well as under the furniture...even the couch!
 You see you can take the small motor portion with the dirt catcher and attach smaller tools or you can put it on the main portion for doing the floors.  Really versatile. And a great LONG 30 foot cord.  That made me really happy.  I plugged in at the front of the house and was able to reach 2/3rds of all of my home without having to change plugs.

Just look at how much dirt it picked up in the front 3 rooms of my house! Yeah that is my hand there and that pile is huge!  Dirt, dust, pet hair and all was just on my floors.  I did not even get under all the furniture yet!
I am going to use the special tool for going up under the couch, chairs and bed.  Here it is fully extended and takes up almost all of my dining table in length.  You don't think that will get up under all your furniture?

And when your all done it tucks away easy.  You put the motor portion onto a special lil holder so it will not tip over.  I placed all of my tools in the carry bag and added it to the machine for storage.  Now time for me to toss out the old dragon and wimp cleaners and have a place of honor for my lovely Shark!

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Waltzing Across Texas--Mad Demon Style

Well, I made a long mad dash across Texas last night to get back home.  Crawled in bed at 4:30 a.m. and a short 3.5 hours later I crawled back out.  At least I did get some sleep after a 6-hour drive home.  And I did make it home safe and sound.  So all in all life is going well.

Of course, I needed to get up and get moving to take care of things around the house.  I started off with a much-needed bath.  Then unloading the car and all the stuff I brought back home with me.  I used my chance being in 'the big city' to get me some more Teeccino herbal caffeine free coffee replacement.  Our lil town does not have this and it has truly been something that I love to have on hand.
The next stop was 80 miles into my trip home at one of the largest convenience stores ever!  Buc-Ee's in Waller Texas is a grocery store size convenience store.  Huge...just huge!  Anyway, it is also a place that I know I can always find Rufus Teague BBQ sauce.  If you are ever looking for the best BBQ sauce in the world then pick up a bottle of Rufus Teague!

Finally at home and going to have to hit the ground running.  I have a busy month ahead of me.  But first I think I will have a bite to eat and take the time to love on my doggies.  They thought I had run off and left them for good!

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Day 1 Again

Hey, folks!

Welcome to 2017.  You ready for a whole brand new year?  Yeah me too.  So how is it starting off for you?

Me?  Well, I hope that the first day of the year does not totally make up what the year will be like.  Why?  Well, I am not home, to begin with.  As a matter of fact, I am half a state (and in Texas that is some mileage) away from home and without my Dear Hubby.  Yeah, house/dog sitting once again.  My third home since before Christmas as a matter of fact.

So what does one do that is continually hopping from house to house and spending lots of time alone....(if you don't count all the dogs?)  Well I read.  LOTS!  And I just finished three books this month.  One was the Book of Mormon.  Yeah, may not be on your reading list but it was on mine.  And I did finish it on my schedule as I had hoped.  Why is it that we can pop out a novel in no time but when it comes to reading scriptures we drag our feet?  It would be lovely if the truth was that we were truly pondering over the words of Heavenly Father.  But I bet that the majority of us (those without a halo) are really not focusing as strongly as we should when we are studying the scriptures.  I pray that I will change for the better when it comes to learning.

So what else did I just finish?  Well, two books by one of my favorite authors, Ken Dalton.  You have heard me talk about his books featuring Pinkie and Bear.  He has his latest out, The Unsavory Critic, met all of my expectations.  I love dropping back in with my friends.  Hearing of the latest adventures and travels makes me smile.  This time we met up with Pinkie as he is being brushed off by his heartthrob.  Then gets mixed up with one too many jobs and not enough of him to get around.  Jetting across the country from coast to coast trying to keep from picking up a new pair of cinder boots.  Thankfully Bear and Flo are at the ready to jump in and make a skirmish to the west coast and a hop across the pond to chase down a fleeing suspect.  Now you know I am not going to tell you what is going on, but I will tell you that I was not let down.  Be it the dashing adventure, quick wit or bold storyline....I loved it!

I also want to tell Ken, thank you for making me feel like a million bucks.  "Thank You!"  You see he was kind enough to have one of my reviews posted on the cover of Brother Can You Spare a Dime?  It was listed with my blog name of Crazed Mind.  I was tickled as you can imagine.
But this time Ken put up another of my reviews on the cover of The Unsavory Critic.  This time it was under my own name, Lenore Webb.  Yes, me...not just my blog....me.  I screamed with excitement.  Once again, thank you, Ken.

Now you would think that having one new book published this year would be quite a feat.  But no, not Ken Dalton.  He published two!  And it is the second book, Polio and Me, that was really worth reading.  This one was not a mystery but a true adventure.  A real life adventure, one that Ken lived.  Here he was able to take us to a time in life that hardships had to be overcome with grit and determination.  I imagine he meant to share his experiences of polio so we could learn from it.  And yes, I did.  But more so, I see how he managed to grow into a man of conviction and strength.  Ken tells of the medical conditions that plagued his body while his mind was contriving adventures.  I can see how his storytelling was developed.  Also, the back story shows dedication to his family.  Pressing a strong desire to be not only a good example but to share growth with his children, grand, and great grandchildren.  Outstanding work.

I have treasured many of Ken's books.  He has been kind enough to send me autographed books.  But Polio and Me has taken first place on my bookshelf.  When I read truth I have to honor it.  For me, The Book of Mormon is one of truth and strength, that helps me grow into a God loving woman.  Ken Dalton's book, Polio and Me, also one of truth and strength.  One that helps me to know that adversity can be overcome.  We all have different problems that form us.  But if we strive to grow from them and through them, then we come out on the other side stronger.  More so, we also can remember that life was meant to be enjoyed, not endured!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.