Thursday, May 19, 2011

Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 15 min
Ready In: 15 min
Servings: 4
Calories: 624 | Total Fat: 55.9g | Cholesterol: 0mg

  • 1 bunch spinach, rinsed
  • 10 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  1. In a large bowl, mix the spinach and strawberries.
  2. In a blender, place the sugar, salt, vinegar, and oil, and blend until smooth. Stir in the poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.

Thrifty Thursdays ~ Eggshell or Egg Carton Tulips

Supplies needed:
  • Eggshells (or foam egg cartons sections)
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Tempera paint and markers
  • Hot glue or white glue
  • Clean eggshell halves and dry them gently. Or, for an easier craft with more durable flowers, use foam egg carton sections. Cut the cartons sections to look like a tulip.
  • Using tempera paint, decorate the shells to look like tulips. Let the paint dry overnight. When the paint is completely dry, add details to the tulips using markers.
  • Twirl one end of a green pipe cleaner into a spiral shape (this will be glued onto the base of the tulip).
  • Glue the spiral to the tulip (if using white glue, let it set for a few hours).
  • Enjoy!

(this craft came from

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy Recipe

Prep: 15 min

Cook: 25 min

Ready In: 40 min

Servings : 4

Calories: 319 | Total Fat: 18.5g | Cholesterol: 122mg


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Form into 8 balls, and flatten into patties.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the patties and onion in the oil until patties are nicely browned, about 4 minutes per side. Remove the beef patties to a plate, and keep warm.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the onions and drippings in the skillet. Stir in flour with a fork, scraping bits of beef off of the bottom as you stir. Gradually mix in the beef broth and Vanilla extract. Season with seasoned salt.
  4. Simmer and stir over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until the gravy thickens.
  5. Turn heat to low, return patties to the gravy, cover, and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Moment of Me Wednesday.. Make your own bath oil

There is nothing I love more after long day than to start up the hot water, grab something yummy to drink and soak in the tub. Its funny how a bath can make everything just a little better. Now Im what my bf fondly calls a scent fanatic, I love grabbing peppermint extract, vanilla extract, almond oil anything that smells good and making my bath nummy, but hey some of us like a little more um not random baths. So I have brought today a recipe to make a nice basic bath oil and you can add scent if you want :D

Basic Bath Oil

  • 1 1/2 oz. olive oil
  • 3 oz. almond oil
  • 1 oz. sesame oil
  • 1 oz. canola oil
  • 1/2 oz. wheat germ oil

Pour oils in a jar, cap with a tight fitting lid and shake well. Add 1 oz. oil per bath. Makes 7 oz.

Or if you prefer a milk bath

  • 1 cup organic dried milk powder (if you have oily skin use nonfat milk)
  • 1/4 cup orange peels
  • 1/4 cup lemon peels
  • 4 drops of lavender essential oil

While the water is flowing slowly add the dried milk. Then add the orange peels, lemon peels and the lavender oil. Soak for at least 20 minutes.

Sometimes the oils will form a film on the surface of the water. To avoid this add one capful of pure castile soap or a very mild natural shampoo (like natural baby shampoo) to disperse the oils in your bath water.

Take a moment for you, and enjoy a nice bath!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lemon Bars Recipe

Prep: 20 min
Cook: 50 min
Ready In: 1 hour 10 min
Servings: 24

  • 2 prepared crusts
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5/8 cup lemon juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Combine the sugar, baking powder and 1/4 cup of flour so there will be no flour lumps. Stir the sugar mixture into the eggs. Finally, stir in the lemon juice. Pour over the prepared crust and return to the oven.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until bars are set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

Totally TCF Tuesday ~ Getting to know TCF

So I wanted to do something fun on Tuesdays, and I thought how about a get to know TCF post every Tuesday. You can ask me random and bizar questions and Ill answer. Just post a comment with your question and on the next Totally TCF Tuesday Ill pick 5 to answer.

So since we are just starting out I've come up with some questions to answer to start us off!

1. If you could be given ANY gift what would it be?
A 501C3 for TCF seriously if someone could give me that as a gift it would be awesome

2. What is your favourite TV show of all time ie you've seen them all, can watch it over and over again and quote lines from it?
Of all time Charmed, that I can quote Glee

3. What is your favourite way to wake up and whats the first thing you do?
Slowly and leisurely with plenty of time to cuddle, the first thing I do check my email, literally right away I check email and check FB to see if I need to take care of anything before I do morning chores.

4. If you could have any animal/creature, What would be your ultimate pet be?
A Freisian Arabian Paint Mare Ive wanted one since I was a little girl

5. What did you want to be when you were little and do you think you ever will be?
I wanted to be a ballerina fairy princess doctor teacher superhero... yeah I wanted it all lol.. hey I got a bit of it I am a fairy!

So what do you want to know?

Why we request it as a gift a brief background on paypal payments

So as most of you know we ask that our monetary donations be sent via paypal, lately you may have noticed we have been asking for you to send it as a gift, and we have had people ask why. So I thought I would take a moment to let you know a bit about paypal fees.

When you send money via paypal in the normal fashion you are not charged there are no fees on your end, however before the money reaches the person you are selling to paypal deducts a fee. This fee is 2.9% of the money sent plus 30 cents. Now at first this may not seem like much, if you
break it down into our average donations this is how it works.

However if you take for instance our $50 challenge, we are challenging people to donate a total of $50 in one day, by having 50 people donate $1 so if paid the normal way, we would lose 30 cents for every dollar this means we would lose a total of $15, you see how it can add up?

So onto why we ask you send it as a gift. If you send it as a gift (personal transfer) according to paypal sending as a gift makes it "
Free when the money comes from PayPal balance or bank account". Sadly if you pay with a credit card or paypal credit it still charges but we find most pay with money from the bank or from their direct paypal. Thus making it so TCF and Back to school fairy, get the full amount and not a partial amount.

So now you know why we request you send it as a gift, so how about it feel like donating today? Our paypal is