National Self Improvement Month means Checking Your Credit!  #LifeLockHealthyCredit

National Self Improvement Month means Checking Your Credit! #LifeLockHealthyCredit

This self improvement post is sponsored by LifeLock but all opinions expressed here are my own. Over the summer, I don't have much time to do anything for myself.  The kids are home from school, the pool is open, and vacations need to be planned.  I'm lucky I find time most days to get the beds made and dinner cooked.  Once September comes around,  I finally feel like I can breath again and that means there are a number of things that need to get checked off the to do list.  Organize the medicine chest, take piles of stuff to the thrift store and get our finances in order.  With the holidays right around the corner, I like to know how my finances are doing before pulling out those credit cards to start shopping!  Since September is National Self Improvement Month, it makes sense to use … [Read more...]

Adelphi University Leads by Example to Ensure a Green Future! #AdelphiFreshAir

Adelphi University Leads by Example to Ensure a Green Future! #AdelphiFreshAir

This post has been sponsored by Tapinfluence and Adelphi University but all opinions expressed here are my own. When my children were younger, I was in charge of the Environmental Committee at their elementary school. What did that mean for me? It meant that every week I took a gigantic rolling cart from room to room collecting the paper waste that the classroom had generated that week. It meant that on Earth Day I handed out a 'green' reminder to them of the importance of caring for our planet. And it meant that I took an entire school's worth of used shoes for recycling every spring. That was a lot of shoes! There were days for battery recycling and time spent with classrooms planting flowers. The kids were always eager to participate and they really seemed to understand the … [Read more...]

What’s Cooking Wednesday #Recipe Linky!

What’s Cooking Wednesday #Recipe Linky!

Turning The Clock Back has teamed up with Candypolooza to bring you this What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe linky. This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter— each week, post your fabulous recipes for the opportunity to have your recipe featured on What’s Cooking Wednesday the following week!! Keep in mind that if you link up here you are giving me permission to use your photo to promote next week's post if you get chosen as one of the featured bloggers. I will also pin your featured photo (from your blog) onto the What's Cooking Wednesday Pinterest Board. Check out the board below for some of the previous featured bloggers! Follow Diane Hoffmaster's board What's Cooking Wednesday on Pinterest. Here are a few suggestions on how … [Read more...]

Tune in to Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage Tournament

Tune in to Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage Tournament

This post about Cutthroat Kitchen has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own. My husband and I love to watch the Food Network together and there are always great cooking shows on for us to watch.  We enjoy seeing hosts travel to far off lands to eat exotic foods, cook mainstream favorites in their own kitchen, and compete against each other in a brutal cooking competition.  One of our favorite TV food personalities has always been Alton Brown. We even have a few cookbooks of his and they have some great recipes in them!  Last year, Alton Brown came out with a new show called Cutthroat Kitchen that is part cooking show, part reality TV. Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage Tournament Basically, in each episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the chefs are faced with three … [Read more...]

Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

When my kids were little I was that mom who used to put zucchini in their scrambled eggs.  In fact, there were sweet potatoes in pancakes and shredded carrots in muffins.  If I could find a way to sneak a vegetable into my kids mouths, I did it.  Getting your kids to eat nutritious foods isn't always easy....sometimes you have to be a little bit sneaky!  I came to discover that it is really pretty easy to find places to put vegetables, especially in a breakfast casserole like this one! There are a lot of breakfast casserole recipes out there on the internet.  Most of them contain some combination of eggs, milk, sausage and bread.  I went a bit farther and added several different kinds of vegetables to my breakfast casserole.  I love this recipe because you have just about every food … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers

5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers

In late spring I planted many different varieties of hot peppers.  Of course, I couldn't just plane ONE of each of these varieties...oh no!  I had to plant at least two of everything I bought.  Which means that as we head into late summer and early fall I now have so many hot peppers I don't even know what to do with them all.  For months I have been giving them to neighbors, cooking with them, dehydrating them and then just turning a blind eye to the full pepper plants.  Every time I go out there I bring in yet another basket full of hot peppers!  There is only so many recipes a person can make with hot peppers...one or two peppers really goes a long way in terms of heat!  So, I decided to share a few ways to preserve hot peppers in case you were suffering from an overabundance of hot … [Read more...]

What’s Cooking Wednesday Recipe Linky

What’s Cooking Wednesday Recipe Linky

Turning The Clock Back has teamed up with Candypolooza to bring you this What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe linky. This is your chance to showcase your recipes each and every week! Just to make things even sweeter— each week, post your fabulous recipes for the opportunity to have your recipe featured on What’s Cooking Wednesday the following week!! Keep in mind that if you link up here you are giving me permission to use your photo to promote next week's post if you get chosen as one of the featured bloggers. I will also pin your featured photo (from your blog) onto the What's Cooking Wednesday Pinterest Board. Check out the board below for some of the previous featured bloggers! Follow Diane Hoffmaster's board What's Cooking Wednesday on Pinterest. Here are a few suggestions on how … [Read more...]

Full figured fashion styles hit the runway at Macy’s #MacysEvents

Full figured fashion styles hit the runway at Macy’s #MacysEvents

This fashion post was sponsored by Macy's and SheSpeaks but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I was growing up, my mom was always on one diet or another.  She drank a lot of diet soda and ate a lot of celery.  But, she also ate too much chocolate and liked to spend too much time reading instead of exercising.  Thus, she was always in a constant battle against her weight...never as thin as she wanted to be but not quite able to do anything about it.  She NEVER invested money in nice clothes because her weight was always fluctuating so much.  Clothes may fit this month but not next year so why spend the money, right?  I think she did a huge disservice to her self confidence by wearing clothes that didn't make her feel attractive.  Times are changing when it comes to plus sized … [Read more...]

Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe

Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe

As we move from summer into fall I am excited for the temperatures to drop and am looking forward to some seasonal fall foods.  One thing I am NOT looking forward to as the weather cools off is the dry skin that comes with turning the heat on in the house.  During the summer, I don't suffer from dry skin but the minute the air outside starts to cool off and I have to turn my heat on I start getting dry and itchy.  Having a milk bath every once in a while is a great way to pamper your skin so that MAYBE you won't end up itchy and dry this winter! Milk has been used as a skin conditioning treatment for an incredibly long time.  Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, is said to have use milk as her secret to beautiful, young skin.  Milk is incredibly soothing to the skin. It helps moisturize, … [Read more...]

Disposable Appliances:  Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

Disposable Appliances: Bad for Budgets AND the Environment #TATT

When my husband and I moved into this house 10 years ago we had to buy all new appliances.  The people buying OUR house wanted to keep them all so we had some serious shopping to do.  Of course, since we bought all of the appliances at the exact same time, logic suggests that they would probably die at the same time, too, right?  Well, unfortunately for our budget, they all decided to die last month.  When the dryer stopped heating and the refrigerator and dishwasher started leaking I did what everyone would do and called out an appliance repair guy.  Then I called a second appliance repair guy because I didn't like what the first guy said.  Too bad for me the second guy said the same thing.  I think its an appliance conspiracy, personally. So what did the oh so UNhelpful appliance … [Read more...]