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Stormy in Georgia

Stormy in Georgia I don’t mind telling you that I was more than a little frightened by a storm we had this evening. It’s been a long time since I prayed that hard. Maybe that’s what it takes sometimes to remind us that God is in control. I’m not looking forward to the mess that will have to be picked up but I am looking forward to another night under our roof. There was a time or two when I thought a tree or something would come crashing in on us. Our neighbors didn’t fare as well as we did and I have to think I must have been praying a bit harder. Trees are down everywhere. I peeked out a few times and one of the times I did Abby’s swing was headed straight for the window I was looking out. It could have been a leaf as far as that storm was concerned. Now it’s a mangled mess on the other side of the yard but thankfully not sitting in our window frame. That was the last time I peeked out until it was over! I’m still trying to shake the jitters I’ve had since the storm hit.


The #1 Food Gift for Men Mantry Holiday Shoppers Gift Guide 2014 #BloggerBuzz

Brought to you by Mantry and Terri’s Little Haven.

I have been searching the world wide web for the best gifts for men because let’s face it, men are hard to buy for. From brothers to dads to husbands, men are just particular and I don’t blame them. Who wants to get a tie that they will never wear? So, I thought like a man (this wasn’t easy) and decided I couldn’t go wrong with food. Men and food just seem to go together, especially bachelors.

When I went searching for food for men, I came across Mantry which is a subscription service that specializes in American artisan foods. This food of the month club is the perfect gift for any man. Married, single, it don’t matter, any man would love to get a Mantry crate.

The Mantry Company

The crates are packed with all kinds of artisan foods. I love that the crates are wooden and can be reused for something (I haven’t decided what yet, but I will). They even look manly.

Inside each crate is a custom manual that includes product information and recipes.

There are 6 full size products packed in each crate. You can order a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscription. This is definitely the gift that keeps on giving. Imagine if you were a man (okay so some of you are), wouldn’t you like to receive a Mantry box every month? That would be the ultimate Christmas gift. This is a tried and true chocolate and coffee lovers crate and I confess I love it as much as any man could. I know quite a few women who would love the Coffee and a Smoke crate.

Granola Jones Mocha Haze is delicious served over ice cream or cereal. We even like it straight from the bag as a snack.


This box includes everything from Dave’s coffee, coffee syrup, to smoked borsellino. Hence, coffee and a smoke…

Dave’s coffee, coffee syrup can spruce up any recipe from cinnamon strudel coffee cake to coffee syrup caramelized carrots.

I used the Southern Soul, Sweet Georgia Soul on our chicken this evening. There wasn’t a morsel left. It’s THAT good.

Olive & Sinclair, buttermilk white chocolate. This had the most unique taste to it and I have to confess it’s gone. All of it. One bite lead to another then another and it’s just gone.


Next up is Espresso Chip Shortbread filled with bits of espresso chips. It’s amazing with coffee. We’re going to whip up some Dave’s Coffee, iced coffee tonight to try with it.


If you can imagine it, you can make it with all of the above products. From a dirty espresso martini to ribs on the grill. Head on over to The Mantry Company: the modern man’s pantry, to check out all of their subscription plans and prices.

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Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer

Brought to you by and Terri’s Little Haven.

Alyssa and Abby are little divas. They just are. They want makeup on and nails polished and they would wear crowns everywhere if I’d let them (and I often do because they are my little princesses). As much as they want all things divaish, they will NOT sit STILL after I polish their nails. They beg me to do their nails promising they’ll let them dry this time. It hasn’t happened yet. I find fingernail polish on the walls where they’ve bumped their nails, on my furniture (big no no), and I’ve even found it on my computer desk. I told them one day last week that they couldn’t have their nails polished because I was trying to clean for a get together and I didn’t want to go around removing fingernail polish off of everything. It broke their little diva hearts.

And then, miraculously, I came across a Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer. It cures gel polish in literally a couple of minutes or less. The “divas” think it’s neat to use so they sit still while their nails dry and I don’t have to remove polish off of my walls and furniture any more. I use it for myself when I’m in a hurry to get my nails dried and it’s spoiling me. Who wants to sit still forever when they don’t have to with the Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer? This lamp has made all three of us happy and we’ve been sharing the information about it with all of our offline friends and family.

Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer 36W Acrylic Gel Light Dryer Slide Out Tray Review

Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer 36W Acrylic Gel Light Dryer Slide Out Tray Review

Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer 36W Acrylic Gel Light Dryer Slide Out Tray Review

Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer 36W Acrylic Gel Light Dryer Slide Out Tray Review

Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer 36W Acrylic Gel Light Dryer Slide Out Tray Review

Salon Edge UV Lamp Nail Polish Timer 36W Acrylic Gel Light Dryer Slide Out Tray Review

Yep, we’ve got some mighty pretty nails going on and all is well once again in Georgia.

The only thing I did not like about this lamp was the difficulty I had getting the lamps to clip in. In fact, it took several tries all day long to get the last one in. I probably would not attempt to replace the lamps when they burn out if it weren’t for the fact that this is the greatest invention in the world per my little divas. As far as performance goes, this lamp does what it says it will and is a great nail lamp for those of you who love to use gel polish.

You can purchase your own Salon Edge nail lamp at Amazon. If you have a few seconds, please read my Amazon review and if you find it helpful, please select yes. Thank you.

salon edge nail lamp

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Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set, Vizeri Beauty Giveaway #arganoil

Brought to you by Vizeri Beauty and Terri’s Little Haven.


I received a sweet little travel size Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner set to review and the first thing I noticed was the color. I love colors. The color reminds me of peaches & cream and since I’m a Georgia peach, I love all things peachy and peach colored. Also noted was the lids on the shampoo and conditioner. They snap open making it easier to use in the shower. When I have to take the lids off of something, I usually end up spilling half of it because I’m clumsy like that. The size is perfect for traveling, especially if you are flying to your vacation destination. Airports have rules about how much and how big each item can be and this fits in perfectly for what’s allowed.

Vizeri Beauty Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set

I used the shampoo and conditioner when they arrived and have been using them since because they make my hair feel so luxurious. I’m going to have to buy the full size bottles to fill them up for my plane trip to Texas in the near future. I was only planning to used them a couple of times and pack them away, but darn it, they work so well, I can’t help myself. My hair was starting to look drab and I thought highlights would make it look better, but I’ve not taken the time to go have them put in. I really don’t think I’m going to at this point now that I’ve been using the Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set by Vizeri Beauty. It provides the UV protection my hair needs because I’m outdoors a lot and I don’t want further damage to my hair.

Vizeri Beauty Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set

Vizeri Beauty Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set

Vizeri Beauty Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set

It only takes a dime size to a quarter size amount of both the shampoo and conditioner to give my hair the “just left the salon” look I was hoping this would provide. The shampoo is nice and sudsy which is always a plus in my opinion, and the conditioner rinses clean and easily. Please read the following screenshot for the product features of this set to see if it’s something you would like to try. You can buy full sized products or even the travel size like I received at Amazon.

Vizeri Beauty Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set

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Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set, Vizeri Beauty  Giveaway #arganoil

Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner Set

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipe #tasteofhome

I’ve been making homemade spaghetti sauce yearly with the tomatoes that I have been getting from Emily Rae’s tomato patch, but this year I decided to change my recipe up a bit (for this batch only). As much as I love red pepper flakes in my sauce, the kids don’t. At all. If you missed making the trip to Ashburn, Georgia to get the best tomatoes in the world (I have to say that because truthfully they are and also because little Emily is my niece, lol) then you are out of luck for now because it’s closed while they wait for the next round of tomatoes to ripen. Be sure to click on the above link to add them on Facebook so you’ll know when they are opening the patch back up in the next go round.

I got my homemade spaghetti recipe out of the taste of home canning & preserves magazine, 2012. It’s been a hit since (with us big kids, again, the kids don’t like the zip the red pepper flakes creates but all that means is that I have to make two batches instead of one). I don’t know if you can still purchase this canning and preserving edition (maybe on ebay or somewhere?) but if you can find it, buy it. I’ve made so many of the recipes in this edition from candy apple jelly to pepper jelly. I tried to find it on but no luck. Mine is getting worn and I need a new copy so if you see one for sale anywhere, PLEASE let me know.

The recipe is pretty simple to follow. I’m going to give you the ingredient list straight from the magazine and let you decide if you want to add the red pepper flakes. Save this recipe in case you can’t find the magazine :(.

1. It takes 25 pounds of tomatoes which equals 1 box at Emily Rae’s tomato patch (about 16 large tomatoes if you have to buy them at the farmer’s market).

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

2. You will need 4 large green peppers seeded. I also got my peppers from Emily Rae’s tomato patch so I used half and half. The color really doesn’t matter. I’ve used just about ever color of bell peppers there are.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

3. The recipe calls for 4 large onions but this time I used 3 (because that’s all I had on hand). It did not change the flavor.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

4. 4 6 oz cans of tomato paste (or 2 12 oz cans), whatever works for you and you have on hand.

5. 1 cup Canola Oil (I use Olive Oil, it’s just a preference).

6. 2/3 cups of sugar. The first time I made this sauce, I thought sugar was a strange ingredient to add but you’ll see how well everything blends in to create the best ever homemade spaghetti sauce.

7. 1/4 cup of salt. I used canning salt last year but this year I used iodized because it’s all I had on hand. Can you tell I don’t like to shop on the weekend when everyone else is running into the back of my heels in their mad hurry to get back home?

8. 8 garlic cloves (peel, peel, peel).

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

9. 4 teaspoons dried oregano. Last year I used all fresh herbs but this year due to moving (and in case I haven’t already said this a thousand times before, I am truly enjoying living in this little town, I wasn’t happy being alone all day, living in the middle of nowhere), I was late planting and my basil is the only herb I had luck growing.

10. 2 teaspoons of each of the following: parsley, basil, crushed red pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

fresh basil

11. 2 bay leaves (I use them in so many of my dishes).

12. 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice. You can either squeeze your own juice or do as I do and buy bottled.

Go ahead and gather all of your ingredients while I take a coffee break.


Next you will need to wash your tomatoes really well and place them 1 at a time in boiling water for 30 – 60 seconds so you can remove the peeling. Or, do like I did and put half of them in at a time lol.

Alyssa was sweet enough to wash mine for me. <3 them grands.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Add your garlic, bell peppers and onions in your food processor. A food processor is one of those products that no kitchen should be without. If you don’t have one, make the investment and you won’t be disappointed. Let me just give you a suggestion. I chop my garlic first then add each of the other ingredients, one at a time. There’s no reasoning behind this, it’s just the way I do it.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Now, be prepared for the most amazing smell in the world. Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT the lemon juice, and simmer uncovered for 4 to 5 hours. STIR OFTEN.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

5 hours later…

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Go ahead and get your canning jars and lids ready. I wash mine in super hot water right before adding the sauce to them. Boil the flats.

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Add 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice to each of the jars and ladle your sauce on top leaving 1/2 inch headspace.

Process in a boiling water canner for 40 minutes.

That’s it. I want to note that it takes me 2 days to make this sauce because of my back injuries. Standing for long periods of time is just too painful.

spaghetti sauce

If you try this recipe, please let me know how well your family loves it (and they will) & or what adjustments you made to suit your family.