Monday, April 14, 2014

The Love Behind the Badge Locket

For all my police wife sisters out there!

I created this locket to show how much I love my man and what he does for us and our community!
This is our medium silver locket, with the LOVE coin, blue crystal, police badge charm and wedding ring. 

You could upsize to the large locket and add in the initials of the department your hubby works at, like MSP (Michigan State Police) or NYPD.  

Thank you to all of our men (and women) in blue!  And thank you to YOU, their wives, who support and encourage them!

This one's for you!!!!

Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burrito Recipe


You will never miss the meat in this recipe!!!
I seriously like it better than a regular beef & been burrito.

The first time I made these, I made them as a 'side' dish for nachos (just in case they weren't good then we would have something else to eat!)  After one bite I knew the dinner was overkill!  i didn't eat but two nachos and the rest of my time was spent enjoying these new found favorites!

Super easy to make, and super flavorful!!!!

RECIPE:

  • 2 cups diced sweet potatoes (peel, dice into small cubes... like 1/2")
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 can corn, drained (if you don't know what to do with the rest of the corn, dump it all in!)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I like to grate my own-it melts better than pre-grated that has anti-caking agents added to them....)
  • 1/2 brick of cream cheese, melted
  • 3/4 cup salsa (I used my special almost homemade Rotel salsa)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • few dashes of salt & pepper
  • 8 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
Place potatoes in a sauce pan and fill w/ just enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until potatoes are JUST tender.  You don't want them too done or they will become mush when you mix them for the filling.  Drain. 
In a medium bowl, combine potatoes, black beans, corn and cheese.  Toss well.
In a small bowl, melt cream cheese in microwave until soft.  Add salsa, chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper.  Mix well. Pour over filling mixture and gently stir to combine.
Preheat oven 375 degrees.

Take about 1/2 cup of the filling and line along the bottom third of the tortilla.  Roll up and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Do the same with remaining tortillas.

In a small microwave safe bowl, melt butter.  Add olive oil.  Brush a thin layer butter/oil over top of burritos.
Bake for 20 minutes or until edges are browned and filling is heated through.
Serve with your favorite toppings (like my almost homemade Rotel salsa and homemade guacamole)

These are so filling!!!!  I ate one.... of course I loved it so much I had to eat another one.... Oie...  I was stuffed!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Simple Delicious Guacamole

Do you love avocados?
I do!  And this guacamole is fabulous with chips, veggies or smeared on your favorite burger or sandwich.  And it whips up in about 2 minutes!!! BONUS!

RECIPE:

  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh salsa (my Almost Home-Made Rotel Salsa is perfect!)
  • Few shakes of garlic powder
  • Few shakes of sea salt

Combine and ENJOY!
Don't forget to lick the spoon before you throw it in the sink.

Friday, April 11, 2014

HOOAH! Army Mom!

Yep, I am an over-the-top-crazy-for-my-country-and-son Army Mom!

As a Blue Star Mother I am always looking for ways to show how proud I am of my son who chose to serve his country at the age of just 17!  Yes, SEVENTEEN!

I totally love wearing my patriotic army mom locket!

This is our large silver crystal locket.  I added the South Hill Designs screen behind the charms and tossed in some red, white and blue crystals along with the yellow ribbon.

If you are an Air Force, Navy or Marine mom, we have charms for you too!

Share your pride with a Military Mom locket.


Almost Home-Made Rotel Salsa Recipe

I am all about quick and easy when it comes to cooking.
I really like to cook, but coming up with what to cook drives me nuts!!!

So, once I find a recipe I love, I am so excited because I can put it in my meal rotation often and that's less recipes I need to come up with.

While this isn't a meal on it's own, it is used for ALOT of my meals!

I call this salsa ALMOST HOME-MADE because it uses canned Rotel brand tomatoes instead of fresh.  And Rotel makes them mild and hot!  I use a combination of them to get the right amount of heat.  While my boys like it flaming-oh-my-goodness-my-head-is-going-to-explode-hot, I'm more of a whoa-that-has-a-bit-of-a-kick kinda girl.  So I use a combo of 1 can original Rotel and 3 cans of mild.  Now, you can use any combo of mild, original or hot to suit your fancy!  The cool thing about Rotel is the heat is in the tomatoes so you don't have to add anything additional to heat it up (YES!  NO CHOPPING HOT PEPPERS!)  That makes me happy!

So, on with the recipe!

RECIPE:

  • 4 cans Rotel tomatoes, lightly drained (any combo of heat preferences)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (I love cilantro---throw in more if you do too!)
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced garlic (or if you want super simple, a few shakes of garlic powder)
  • A few shakes of sea salt and pepper to taste
Add tomatoes to a food processor and pulse a few times (I use my Magic Bullet).  Blend more if you want no chunks; blend just a couple pulses if you want a bit chunky; skip this step if you want chunks of tomatoes.
Combine all ingredients in a container with lid.  Let stand at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend. (Yeah right, you're going to get your tortilla chips out and test it.  Over. And over... until it's half gone!)  You're probably wondering how I know that.....
NOTE:  If you're like me you are thinking of a way to make this recipe even faster.... perhaps by adding the onion and cilantro to the food processor with your tomatoes.... DON'T DO IT!!!  I repeat: DON'T DO IT!  You will end up pulverizing the onions and cilantro to the point that you will ONLY taste those 2 things!  Again... you may ask yourself why I know this......

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Summer Tootsies

I think I can safely say that Spring has finally arrived in Mid-Michigan.  And I have finally gotten to wear sandals for the first time this year!  Yippee!!!!!

And I noticed that my tootsies could use a bit of attention.  
I have never gotten a pedicure, however, after a friend tried Lemongrass Spa's 3 step foot treatment she said she will never need another one again!

My favorite is the Herbal Kit--I just love the mint/eucalyptus scent and the rich foot balm.  For something a little lighter, the Cucumber Kit is perfect!

3 steps to amazing feeling feet!  And you'll get about 30 uses out of one kit!  That's saving a lot of $$$ on pedicures!!!

Check out the foot kits (and lots of other goodies) on my website.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A BEAUTIFUL Write-Off for Your Home Based Business!

As Home Business Owners, we are always on the lookout for creative ways to showcase what we have to offer.  And, we are always looking for something affordable, that we can use in a variety of ways to catch people's attention.

Let me share with you a fabulous way to share what you love in a beautiful, fashionable, classy way!

Create your own custom business locket with South Hill Designs!

Choose the charms that best fit your business... add in some of your signature color stones... even a cute coin for the background and viola!  You have a beautiful marketing tool to wear wherever you go!  And trust me, it WILL catch everyone's eye!!!!

What company are you with?  Leave a comment below and I am sure I can find the perfect charm combination for your business!

Order Yours Today!