Friday, January 27, 2012

Heavenly Ghettalain Garlic Bread

This recipe was from the book "Cookin With Coolio" and would be great for Halloween as it would be sure to ward off any vampires as it uses 1/2 cup of minced Garlic.

If I make it again though, I will cut the amount in mayo used by at least a 1/2 a cup any maybe even a cup as I thought it was overpowering, but otherwise it had an interesting creamy tangy flavor in addition to being cheesy and garlic.

1 loaf french bread
2 cups mayonnaise (I recommend reducing to 1-1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup minced garlic
5-6 dashes of hot sauce
Few dashes Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, mix the mayo and cheddar, then add the softened butter, minced garlic and hot sauce.

Slather on the bread and cook 10-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread toasted.   Add a few dashes the salt and pepper over the top.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Walgreens currently has two new fragrances for the GUD line, Orange Petalooza and  Vanilla Flame on sale for $5.59 (Regular price:  $7.99 - at Target is is nearly $10). 

If you "Like" GUD on Facebook you can print a coupon for $1 off. 

Additionally, on the display at the store, there was an additional coupon for $1.50 and as Walgreen is one of the few stores that still stack coupons, you could score this for as low as $3.09.

I tried the Orange Petalooza scent and it has a light orange scent with a hint of hyacinth in a base of shea butter.  It is on par with similarly priced lotions, is non-greasy and absorbs quickly.  
It is not tested on animals and the packaging is made with 25% post consumer waste (but may not be recyclable in all areas).

What that means to me is that it is a good deal on sale and a great deal with the coupons, but if faced between a sale on a different brand of similar quality (that is not animal tested) on sale and paying full price for this product, I would not be brand loyal - I would go for the item that is on sale.

If you don't want to try the new scents, the coupons can be used on any GUD product and could be used at any store that carries GUD products.

Disclaimer:  I have no affiliation with either Walgreens or Burts Bees or received anything for this post - just sharing a deal that I found:)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ballerina Bun Remix

This is based on a tutorial for a ballerina bun remix (see steps below by The Beauty Department) which calls for flipping upside down and french braiding hair from the bottom up to the crown, securing, teasing hair for volume, spinning into a bun on top of the head and securing.

I ended up doing a variation and instead of braiding the hair I ended up twisting two strands of hair together because braiding your hair while upside down is very difficult to try to make it look decent.

Not only did I  look like a cross between one of those novelty drinking birds and the "The Grudge 2", I started getting dizzy after over half a dozen attempts.

So the only difference than what is pictured below would be to divide hair with fingers into to sections and start twisting instead of braiding.

Items used:

-  Comb
-  Hair gel or pomade (I used Phat Hair by Phunky Junk) - apply before starting steps below
-  Two non-pull elastic bands
-  4 large bobby pins

Saturday, January 7, 2012


This is for Mom's Crazy Cooking Challenge for January and the challenge this month is Chicken Noodle Soup.  

For this challenge, I chose a recipe from Mommy's Kitchen for a Creamy Chicken Noodle Bake.  I halved the recipe as I did not need 6-8 servings; I even ended up taking 1/2 to a friend  who asked for the recipe and had more than enough for 4 people.  

The point of the challenge is to use a recipe of a fellow blogger, then make and share it.

  • 1 1/2 cooked chicken, cut up into bite size pieces (I used two boneless chicken breasts)
  • Garlic Salt (or other seasoning preferred to season chicken)
  • 1 TBSP Butter or olive oil (to saute chicken)
  • 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 bag 12 oz pkg of wide egg noodles, cooked al dente
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 sleeve Ritz Crackers or additional 1/2 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Instead of grilling my chicken, I sauteed mine sprinkling a generous helping of garlic salt on each side until done then cut into pieces.

 In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to boiling along with 1 tsp of salt.  Add egg noodles and cook to Al Dente (the regular cook time on the noodles was 8 mins. so I cooked for 4 minutes).  Drain when done.

 I put all the ingredients in a large bowl the tossed until fully mixed.

Once mixed, I poured the ingredients into a 9x9 baking dish and baked for 30 minutes (you could put and additional 1/2 cup of cheese on the top or 1/2 sleeve of broken up Ritz Crackers.)

I didn't add anything at this point because I knew that one person receiving was a "food separatist" and may or may not  want to add their own crackers on top.

Thanks for looking and be sure to check out what other participants have made for the challenge at the linky below.


    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    Zoya Nail Polish - Get 2 Bottles Free, Just Pay $6.95 Shipping

     Photo:  Zoya

    I spotted this deal over at LocoBuys and from now until 1/9/12 you can get 2 bottles of Zoya nail polish (regular price - $8 per bottle - will show up until code entered at checkout) for free using the code "ZOYA2012" at the checkout ,  just pay $6.95 shipping, so it works out to be around $3.48 a bottle.

    I have not used this brand before; however, they have been featured in major magazine and they do tout being toxin free and vegan friendly.  
    Disclaimer:  I have received no consideration or renumeration for this post -  I just sharing a deal that I found

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012


    Sears currently is having a great sales on boots, but now through 1/7/12 you can you can get an additional 20% off and free shipping on orders over $15 using the promotion code NEWYEAR at checkout (is good for shoes and work boots also).

    If you are an Ebates you can also earn 6% cash back.

    I purchased the "Kylie" boots (pictured left) priced at $24.99 for $19.99 after discount (with taxes total of $21.39).

    They also have the Emilia boot in black, taupe,brown, blue and green for the same price as the above after the discount.
    If you are in need of inexpensive work boots, they also have Steel Toe Men's Boot on sale for as low as $34.98 (pictured left - Roebucks Great Price Men's 6in. Soft Toe Boot)  which would be under $30 after discount, including taxes.

    Having steel toed boots can mean the difference in keeping your toes if you work in an industrial environment.

    If you order after 1/7/12, they still have some great deals and free ship to store option up until the end of 2015.

    Disclaimer:  I have received nothing for this post; I am just the run of the mill consumer.

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    K-Mart Deal - Conair - Bag of Assorted Hair Accessories - $19.99 Value for $2.99

    I thought I would share this deal that I found at K-Mart today (although it could be available in other stores) for a bag of 5 assorted hair accessories in bag, at $19.99 value for $2.99.

    If you are into hair accessories, it is a real deal at cost of around .60 cents for each item.

    The cheapest I have found bobby pins has been for $1 at the Dollar Tree and the last bun maker I purchased was at Claire's for $2.99 when it was 50% off.

    As each item is carded/boxed individually, if you don't like everything in the bag, it could be put back for a future present, sold at a garage sale, given to a friend  donated to charity or if you are crafty, turned into something that you do like (which is my intention for the purple butterfly headband).

    The bags had the same sort of items below, but each back had a different color theme (I chose the purple one):
    • A bun maker
    • Bobby pins
    • A hairband
    • A barrette with an embellishment
    • A clip with an embellishment
     If you have any cool deals to share that you have found, please feel free to post them in the comments section:)