March 18, 2014

Saltine Challenge: Can you eat 6 saltines in a minute?

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  We've had an overabundance of snow days this winter and the kids are actually getting tired of all the days off school.  When they don't want to play outside anymore and cabin fever is setting in, I've had to reach deep into my bag of tricks to keep us all sane and entertained.

Here was a little trick that brought lots of laughs (along with a few crumbs)...



This trick was from way back in my college days.  My friends and I learned about it somehow, then challenged people every chance we got.  In all the times we presented the challenge, we never had anyone who was able to do it (and we won tons of free meals and free drinks in the process!).

You most likely have the supplies on hand, a box of saltine crackers (salted, not unsalted), a timer, and some willing participants.


The challenge is simple... all you have to do is eat (and swallow) the six saltines before the minute timer goes off without getting a drink of water.  You can eat them one at a time, two at a time, or even all six at once.  It sounds easy and you might be feeling pretty confident after the first one or two.  However, you'll soon find that the salt produces extra saliva but then the dry crackers quickly absorb any and all moisture in your mouth.  By the time you get to the last cracker or two, you'll be laughing and crumbs will be flying everywhere.

Check out the fun the girls had with their friend...


We did have to run the vacuum to sweep up some crumbs, but it was a fun little break and brought lots of laughter and giggles.

March 12, 2014

Creamy Shrimp Alfredo

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I love seeing my kids grow and become more independent in the kitchen.  It's my hope that by the time they move out of my house, they're able to follow a simple recipe and be confident enough to make a decent variety of basic meals.  Over the past few years,  my girls especially have had a lot of fun using the stove and oven with some supervision and are now pretty adept at making their own cupcakes or simple pasta side dish.  (Now I just have to keep working on my son!).  

This Creamy Shrimp Alfredo dish was a great way to get them to expand their skills a little bit and make a yummy main dish for our dinner the other night.  The recipe starts with a packaged pasta side dish that they're used to making, but adds shrimp, tomatoes and spinach to make it a full meal.

Check it out...


Looks really delicious, doesn't it?  The girls kept commenting about how much it looked like "restaurant food."  They were so proud of how it turned out, but it was really quite easy and simple to make (even on a Monday night after homework.)

Here's all you need...
  • 1 package Knorr® Pasta Sides™ - Alfredo (plus milk, water and butter to make)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

The prep was really simple, just peel the raw shrimp and half the cherry tomatoes.


Next, they headed to the stove.  Simply cook the Alfredo pasta according to the package directions and stir in the tomatoes and spinach during the last five minutes of cooking time.  Meanwhile, in another pan, heat the oil and cook the shrimp for about 5 minutes until pink, stirring occasionally.


That's it, once the pasta is tender and the shrimp are cooked, simply stir the shrimp into the pasta mixture, add a little parmesan cheese and serve.  


This new recipe was a delicious meal on our busy weekday night  yet was easy enough that even my 8 and 11-year olds could make it with just a little supervision.

You can find the Knorr Pasta Sides at Giant Eagle and they even have a Free Recipe Book with this recipe and several others to help kids (and adults) make simple yet tasty main dishes.
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February 11, 2014

PERK up your car with a great Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PERK for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you're anything like me, your car can be like your second home.  With three kids, I feel like I'm always in my van.  I shuttle them back and forth to school, to practices, and to sleepovers.  We go to the library, the movies, the grocery store, the doctor, the dentist - well you get the idea. 
 However, with all that running around and constantly getting in and out of the car heading one place or another, you can imagine how messy things can get.  Actually, I won't even make you imagine it,  I'll show you...



Embarrassing, isn't it?   Water bottles and crumbs all over the place, my son's basketball uniform from when he had to do a quick change in the car, my daughter's robe from her last sleepover, various books and papers - really a little of everything.  And even though I didn't take a picture, my section of the van isn't much better, with empty travel mugs of coffee, receipts, and a pile of books to return to the library.

Now, while we do clean out the van before things really start to smell (usually!), it definitely doesn't smell as nice as I'd like it to, especially considering how much time we spend in there.  That's when I was really excited to have the chance to try out this new kind of vent air freshener.



Now, I've tried other vent air fresheners in the van before, but it was always a pain to correctly open the container of liquid scent and get the clips to attach properly to the vents.  Nine times out of ten, I'd end up spilling it when I was trying to put in on or the whole thing would fall off the vent the first time I'd move the vent to adjust the air flow.

Look how simple this PERK Vent Wrap  is...



Each package comes with four individually wrapped vent wraps.  I chose the Absolute Zero scent (to go with our frigid temperatures we've been having lately) but they also come in New Car,  Clean Laundry, Lush Valley and Golden Vanilla.
All you have to do is open the small package and slide on the PERK Vent Wrap.  Instead of a messy liquid, the wrap is infused with StediScent® technology.  The wrap doesn't block the vent and you can still easily adjust the air flow without having to worry about it falling off.  Each individual PERK Vent Wrap lasts for about 2 weeks, so a package of four will last about 60 days.

Here's a video that gives even more information...


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