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Simple Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes… My Standby Side Dish!

Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes!  These are one of my stand by side dishes!  Tastes great, super easy to prep and everyone loves 'em!

Simple Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes…  My Standby Side Dish! 

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 This is a very simple but delicious side dish that goes with pretty much any meat!  You can easily vary the seasonings to fit with your meal!

The soaking of the potatoes makes them very light and fluffy inside… but make sure they are dry before you add the olive oil so they roast instead of steam!!

This recipe calls for dried herbs but if you have fresh on hand, by all means, chop those up and add them in!  Enjoy!

Note:  Photo updated 8/31/14…  same delicious standby recipe..  new photo!  I’m still working on my photography skills and this one definitely needed some updating!  :)  Original photo at the end of the post!

 

Simple Oven Roasted Potatoes

Simple Oven Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients

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  • 2 lbs red or yellow skinned potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon each dried parsley, rosemary, black pepper
  • coarse salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Scrub potatoes (do not peel them)
  3. Slice into even sized cubes about 1”
  4. If time allows, soak potatoes in cold water for 1 hour. (This removes starch and makes for a fluffier potato)
  5. (Drain and dry potatoes)
  6. Toss potatoes, olive oil, garlic and seasonings
  7. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes until browned and tender
  9. Serve with sour cream and fresh chopped green onions
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Pretty Scarves as low as $1.33 Shipped! Lots of Cute choices!


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There are lots of great uses for these!  You can gift them as a teachers gift or even wrap a gift in them!  As always, Amazon prices can change without  notice so hurry to grab these scarves at this price!!


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How to make Map Envelopes! (Great summer learning activity!)

How to make map envelopes (plus where to get tons of maps mailed to you for free) !  This is a great summer project for kids to teach them to read maps, legends and more!

 How to make Map Envelopes!  (Great summer learning activity!)

With GPS, iPhones and all the other gadgets, my maps have been sitting around forever!  This craft utilizes beautiful maps from an old driving atlas. If you don’t have any old maps on hand, check your second hand store, they often have neat old atlases and maps!

You can also find tons of FREE MAPS here which is great for teaching the kids about different states!

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Not only are these very interesting to look at, they’re a great lesson for kids in the way of map legends and keys, roadways, topography, and geography!  Plus, it’s great to have them writing letters to grandparents, friends and far away aunties and uncles!

Handmade Map Envelopes

You’ll need:

  • A large map, at least 8′ X 10′
  • Scissors
  • Tape OR glue
  • Paper for address labels OR pre-made address labels
  • Stamps (optional, these also work great for in-home communications delivery! :))

Directions:

For a letter-sized envelope:

Making Letter Sized Map Envelopes!  Great learning activity!

 

  1. Take your paper and place it in front of you with the long edge on the side and the shorter edge at the top and bottom.
  2. Fold each long side in about one inch, press to make a crease.
  3. Fold the bottom edge up about 2/3rds of the way to the top, to create the pocket of the envelope.
  4. Fold the top edge down over the folded-up bottom, pressing to make a crease.
  5. Unfold the whole thing.
  6. Along the long edges, you’ll see a series of 3 sections created by your creases. Carefully cut out the bottom and top creased 1-inch side sections. Leave the middle one, that’s going to help create the pocket of your envelope.
    1. Making Letter Sized Envelopes
  7. Fold the creased middle side sections so they face inside again.
  8. If using glue to seal your envelope’s edges, apply it along each of them, then carefully fold the bottom section up to create your envelope’s pocket. Allow it to dry completely. If using tape, simply fold your bottom half up over the folded-in side sections and tape the edges closed.
  9. Fill the envelope with letters or such as desired. When ready to seal, apply glue along the edge of the top section and fold it down over the middle of the envelope, or fold it down and tape it.

For a card Envelope:

How to make card sized map envelopes! Great project for kids!

  1. Take your map and fold the bottom right corner up to the opposite side to form a triangle. Line the sides up carefully.
  2. There should be an approximately 3 inch strip at the top of your triangle. Cut this off.
  3. Unfold your triangle and smooth it out. Place it in front of you with the corners facing the top, bottom, and to the sides.
  4. Fold the corners at the side inwards until their tips touch in the middle. Fold to crease.
  5. Fold the bottom corner up and about 1 inch over where the side corners meet in the middle, forming the pocket of the envelope.
  6. Apply glue along the inside edges of the folded-up bottom corner section and press it down over the meeting side corners, or apply tape. Press to seal. Allow to dry completely.
  7. When the envelope is filled and ready to seal, fold the top corner section down over the middle of the envelope. Apply glue at the edges or tape to seal.

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Top Rated Company to earn extra cash at home!

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PineCone Research  is accepting new members and these spots fill up FAST!!

They are in the top three rated survey companies according to Survey Police, a company that specializes in checking out online survey companies!

It’s easy and fun to see and evaluate new product ideas in the comfort of your own home. You will earn points for each completed product survey, which can be exchanged for cash and other rewards. PLUS you will be automatically entered into a bi-weekly Sweepstakes to win additional cash prizes for your time. Each interview usually takes 15-20 minutes of your time. Plus, you are free to leave the panel at any time should you choose to do so.

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Here’s how to start earning:

  1. Sign up for PineCone Research here
  2. You MUST confirm your email to start receiving surveys
  3. Fill out surveys and earn money

I haven’t personally used this company but I have been reading the reviews…  I’ve read that you get $3/survey and they are quick and easy. Plus they offer in-home product tests! You will be paid via Paypal fairly quickly!

Here’s what they say:

From member Mo:  Have been a member for almost 2 years. Receive 4-8 surveys @$3 level/month. Quality of survey excellent. Payment via paypal is usually within 72 hrs (most cases sooner)! Get 2-4 product evals on a consistent basis also. Very satisfied with panel & their customer service . Karen Scott is the moderator and she is awesome in fixing/helping/resolving any/all issues. Wish, they would send more surveys :) Highly recommended Panel.

From Member Doug:  I get about 3 surveys a week and almost all of the I qualify for and get the $3 reward. None of the surveys last more than 20 minutes. I’ve also received many products to try and evaluate.

From Member J:  I’m a member of many panels but PineCone is the most reliable. You don’t get a ton of surveys every week… maybe 1 or 2 but when you get them you are very likely to qualify. Their survey formats are very similar regardless of the product you’re reviewing so the length is always consistent and the payout is $3 directly and quickly to my PayPal. I’ve also received some nice household products to test. All around, this is one excellent panel. Join if you can.


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Ground Beef Tips

10 Great Ground Beef Tips!!

Ground Beef Tips

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Ground Beef

PURCHASING

  • When buying ground beef, check the dates on the packages to make sure you are getting the freshest of the bunch!
  • Select a package from the bottom with the coldest temperature and be sure to keep it away from your fresh vegetables while shopping to avoid cross contamination.

STORAGE

  • Ground beef can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days or frozen in an airtight package for up to 3 months.
  • 2 cups of cooked Ground Beef is the equivalent of 1lb. of raw ground beef.  (Great to know if you precook large batches and store it in the freezer).
  • Purchase a large package of ground beef and cook it up with some onions and garlic.  Once cool freeze in small portions!  You can pull it from the freezer and put it straight into a pan (no defrosting required)!  Just add taco mix, pasta sauce or other goodies for a speedy weeknight meal!
  • When you freeze ground beef, freeze it in a donut shape!  This allows it to defrost quickly and evenly.

COOKING

  • When browning ground beef a high temperature (although faster) can result in a dry product!  Moderate heat is a better option (but ALWAYS make sure ground beef is thoroughly browned).
  • Never press a burger while it’s on the grill, this squeezes out the juices resulting in a dry burger.
  • When you cook a burger, make an indent with your thumb on each side of the meat patty.  As the centre of the meat expands during cooking, this will result in an even burger without the bulge in the middle.
  • The leaner the meat, the less it will shrink.  Adding salt into the meat mixture can actually draw moisture out of the meat. If you want to add salt to your burger, it’s best to sprinkle it on just before it goes on the grill!
  •  Ground beef should always be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees in order to destroy any possible harmful bacteria.

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Earn cash for surveys! A+ Rating from the BBB; Rated 9.3/10 by users!!

9231745_xlMy Survey is accepting new members and these spots can fill up FAST!!  This is a great survey company that can pay up to $10 per survey!

One blog reader (see photo below) got $5 just for filling out a quick survey!

Here’s how to start earning:

  1. Sign up for MySurvey here
  2. You MUST confirm your email to start receiving surveys
  3. Fill out surveys and earn money

MySurvey has had great reviews!  I checked it out on the review site (I use it to make sure companies are trustworthy)!  Not only do they have an A+ rating with the BBB, but check out the user reviews!  

This review site had 114 reviews giving it 9.3/10 stars… the reviewers are very happy with this site!

Here’s what they say!

I have been a member for about a year and I really have to say that this one is my favorite survey sites of them all. I receive plenty of survey invitations. I qualify for almost all of them. I have started surveys that had a 5 cent reward to it and have been paid as much as $19 after the full completion of the survey. I have done in-home product evaluations, product usage diaries and a number of surveys where I’ve earned more then the original reward. Like I said, I could go on and on singing the praises of My #1 Survey.

I have been a member of this survey site for over ten years now. I get plenty of surveys. You don’t need to qualify for them when they are sent to you. You will earn points which are converted to cash and prizes. I love this site. I have earned hundreds of dollars from this site.


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