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Chili Vinaigrette Recipe – Use Colman’s Dry Mustard To Add Spice To Your Salad

Summer is here!
Summer made a swift entrance into town a couple of days ago already hitting 90+ degrees outside. It’s hot and I don’t feel like eating when it is hot out. I know, I know, I have to eat. I just don’t feel like it. I usually eat lots and lots of salad in summer. But salad gets boring. A couple of months ago I started making my own salad dressing. I have come across some great recipes for salad dressing. It has been fun experimenting with different kinds of dressings. Then I came across a recipe using Colman’s dry mustard powder. I never would have thought of using dry mustard as an ingredient!

Colman’s dry mustard powder has less than 15 calories and only 0.8 grams of fat per teaspoon. They have some great recipes on their website. Here’s one that I tried out and I absolutely love!

Colman's Mustard Powder

Colman’s Chili Vinaigrette Recipe


  • 4 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Colman’s Original Powdered Mustard
  • 4 “splashes” mild green Tabasco sauce
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. honey


  • Mix all ingredients together.  That’s it!

I had all the ingredients on hand so it was easy to whip it together fast. I put just enough on my salad to barely coat the lettuce and it was great!

The Chili Vinaigrette had just the right amount of sweet and spicy for me.

Now that I know about Colman’s Dry Mustard I am going to check out their website more often and find even more recipes to try.

You can find more information about Colman’s on their website, facebook page and on twitter.

About Colman’s

Established in 1814, Colman’s of Norwich has been recognized widely as the English mustard in the world. Using a unique and zesty blend of brown mustard seeds (Brassica Juncea) and white mustard seeds (Sinapis Alba), Jeremiah Colman created a mustard with a flavorful heat sensation that has become an essential condiment and paramount ingredient in Britain’s favorite recipes, even to the highest royal order. In 1866 Queen Victoria bestowed the ultimate seal of approval – the Royal Warrant – galvanizing Colman’s as the crown jewel of mustards, securing its place in the most discerning kitchens around the world. Sold as prepared mustard and mustard powder, Colman’s provides a pure, fiery and complex condiment for all your recipes and dishes. Complete Your Cooking With Colman’s. Visit Colman’s of Norwich on the web at www.colmansusa.com. For recipes, extended history and information visit www.colmansusa.com.

LG Do March Right™ Tip-Off Recipe Contest and My NCAA Game Day Recipe | #LGDoMarchRight

My 6-year-old daughter has recently become interested in basketball, thanks to my Dad.   After long days of playing in the lake, playing games, and walking down Park Avenue in Winter Park, my Dad sits in his leather chair and my daughter gets comfy on the sofa and they watch basketball.  They usually watch Orlando Magic play against whoever they are playing against but they’ll watch just about any team.. I think.   I love that she knows how many points each type of throw makes and what a foul is.  She knows more about basketball than I do!

LG is dedicated to creating a great game-time experience especially for your game-day parties! That’s why LG has created the LG Do March Right™ Tip Off Facebook Page to collect amazing game-day recipes to share with all NCAA fans.  I submitted one of my favorite game-day recipes.  Why don’t you?

Playoff excitement, great friends and awesome food go hand in hand. And there’s never been a better time to share your favorite game-time recipe. If it’s as terrific as you think, you’ll see it right on their Facebook page. And when the voting starts…that’s when The LG Do March Right™ Tip-Off really takes off!

This game-time recipe has been submitted for LG’s Do March Right Tip-Off Challenge.

This is one of my favorite ‘special occasion’ recipes that mom, dad, and kids  love!  You know how heated things can get while watching a good ball game.  This snack will ensure that you and your game-day guests stay cool, calm, and collected.  Well, maybe not calm and collected but cool at least!

Very Berry Rice Krispies Treats with Raspberry Sorbet

Very Berry Rice Krispies Treats With Sorbet


  • Rice Krispies
  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Raspberry (or other flavor) Sorbet
  • Cool Whip
  • Fresh strawberries and blueberries


  • Make Rice Krispies Treats as usual (see below)
    • Melt 2-3 tablespoons butter in large pan on low heat
    • Mix marshmallows in and stir constantly until completely melted
    • Remove from heat
    • Stir in 6 cups Rice Krispies
    • SPECIAL – Separate Rice Krispies Treats mix into two 13×9 inch pans to make two thin layers
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour – not necessary, but keeps the sorbet you are going to put on the soon to be cut out stars, from melting quickly
  • Once cool, cut Rice Krispies Treats into star shapes with a cookie cutter and put the individual stars on wax paper
  • Coat 1/2 of the cool Rice Krispies Treats stars with raspberry sorbet (substitute with your favorite flavor, ice cream, or frozen yogurt)
  • Place a star on top of the sorbet covered Rice Krispies Treats stars
  • Top with Cool Whip, strawberries, and blueberries
  • Garnish the plate with fresh fruit and enjoy immediately!


I hope you’ll try this recipe.  You and your kids will enjoy making it and I think you’ll love eating this tasty snack!


Whether you submit a recipe or not, you’ll have the opportunity to enter the LG 2013 NCAA® Final Four Sweepstakes.  The Grand Prize consists of a trip for two to the 2013 NCAA Final Four, including airfare, round trip ground transportation, four days and three nights of accommodation and tickets to the Final Four games, plus $500 spending money.

Other great prizes include an LG Washer and Dryer, LG Cinema 3D TV, a LG Optimus G and a $100 NCAA Shop Gift Card.

2 Easy Lip Balm Recipes to Make with your Daughter – A Great Valentine’s Day Activity!

I hadn’t thought of making lip balm with my daughter, but these recipes are so simple that I think that we will give it a try!

To pucker up for this special day, bond over these beauty recipes from author of Bonding Over Beauty, Erika Katz. These easy recipes can be stored in an adorable heart case or a small jar.

fruity lip balm recipeFRUITY LIP BALM 

To keep lips soft and silky, this fruity lip balm exfoliates dead skin and softens at the same time.


  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 scoop powdered drink mix in your favorite flavor
  • Lip gloss jars


Clarify the vegetable shortening by heating it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Stir in the drink mix. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss jar. Let the mixture harden for 10 minutes and your lip gloss is ready! You can decorate the jars with fun stickers and sparkles! Lasts up to six months unrefrigerated.

chocolate lip balm recipeCHOCOLATE LIP BALM 

This lip balm contains shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil, which are all excellent natural emollients. You can get creative and add other flavors like peppermint oil, tangerine oil, or raspberry oil.


  • 1 tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
  • 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
  • 15 chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Put all the ingredients into a double boiler on the stove or in a microwavable container.  Warm the mixture until it melts. Stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into a lip gloss container and refrigerate until it hardens. Lasts up to 3 months at room temperature.


Bonding over Beauty: A Mother-Daughter Beauty Guide to Foster Self-esteem, Confidence, and Trust

These recipes were provided by Erika Katz, Author of Bonding Over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust.  The link will take you to the book page on Amazon.com.  The link is an affiliate link and we will get a small commission if you purchase the book..and we really appreciate it!

Enjoy and let me know how the recipes work for you in the comments below!


Recipe & Giveaway: Chicken Fajita Grilled Pizza with Ragu Pasta Sauce {Win a $200 Gift Card! – Contest Ended}

Congratulations, Amie won this giveaway!

As you might know, I am a Ragu “Mom’s The Word On Dinner” Ambassador, and I’m very proud and excited about that as you’ll see in this post.

Being a Ragu “Mom’s The Word on Dinner” Ambassador gives me the opportunity to branch out with our dinner recipes and cook some delicious meals, one of which I enjoyed with my family this week.

This week’s fun Ragu recipe was Chicken Fajita Grilled Pizza with Ragu Sauce.

Grilled Chicken Fajita Pizza with Ragu Pasta Sauce

Here is the Chicken Fajita Grilled Pizza with Ragu Sauce with a few customizations:


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 large poblano or medium green bell peppers
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 (12-inch) prebaked pizza crusts
  • 1-1/2 cups Ragú® Old World Style® Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta Sauce
  • 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese (about 12 oz.)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Customizations we made: 12 mushrooms, anchovies


  1. Lightly coat chicken and onion with oil, then season, if desired, with salt and ground black pepper. Grill chicken, onion and peppers, turning once, 8 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are tender. Don’t be alarmed when the peppers turn black while grilling. The skin will easily peel or slip off after cooling. Wrap peppers in aluminum foil; let stand 5 minutes, then remove skin and thinly slice.
    Thinly slice chicken; set aside. We also sprayed one dozen mushrooms with olive oil spray and grilled them.
  2. Grill top side of pizza crusts 1 minute; remove from grill. Evenly spread pizzas with Ragu® Old World Style® Tomato & Mozzarella Pasta Sauce, then evenly top with chicken, vegetables and cheese. Grill pizzas, covered, 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve, if desired, with additional heated Sauce and diced avocado.

My entire family enjoyed the pizza and my son even added a few anchovies to his three slices! My daughter enjoyed a couple of plain sauce and cheese slices while my husband put red peppers and onions on his slices.

This is a quick and easy meal to prepare and as you read above, pizza toppings can be customized for everyone in your family.

Be sure to visit the recipe section of Ragu’s website where you will find recipes for even the pickiest of eaters!

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Jiftastic Instant Coma Bite Size Treats.. yum!

Jiftastic Instant Coma bite size treats

While mixing peanut butter with almost everything under the sun today in hopes of coming up with a snack that both of my kids would enjoy, I concocted these little treats I affectionately call Jiftastic Instant Coma Bite Size Treats (thanks Daddy).

What you’ll need:

  • Jif Peanut Butter
  • Graham crackers
  • Banana
  • Candy chocolate
  • Mini chocolate chips – pour into a small bowl

How to make Jiftastic Instant Coma treats:

  • Break a graham cracker into four pieces
  • Slice a banana into slices about 3/4 inch thick then cut the slices in half
  • Melt candy chocolate in the microwave for about 35-45 seconds
  • Spread melted chocolate on 1/4 of the graham cracker (for bigger ‘treats’ break graham cracker in 1/2 instead of 1/4’s)
  • Put the chocolate covered graham cracker pieces in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden the chocolate
  • While those are in the freezer spread your choice of Jif peanut butter on top of your 1/2 banana slices. (Regular Jif and Jif Peanut Butter & Honey are great choices.)
  • Then dip the peanut butter covered banana piece into a bowl of mini chocolate chips to cover the top of the banana slice and set aside.
  • Take the chocolate covered graham crackers out of the freezer.
  • Put your peanut butter and chocolate chip covered banana slice on top of the chocolate & peanut butter covered graham cracker.
  • ENJOY!

How do you enjoy peanut butter?  On a pretzel, banana, apples, raisins?  Let us know in the comments below.