MyUntangledLife.com http://myuntangledlife.com Design, Food, Pets, Health, Technology... Life Untangled Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:02:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fauxmosa Recipe #NewWayToSparkle http://myuntangledlife.com/fauxmosa-recipe/ http://myuntangledlife.com/fauxmosa-recipe/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:02:14 +0000 http://myuntangledlife.com/?p=27973
Fauxmosa Mis-en-Place
If you are looking for a #NewWayToSparkle, you will surely enjoy this fauxmosa recipe! Dasani Sparkling flavors are a healthier, flavorful option that help you make every moment sparkle. ]]>
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The Dasani Sparkle Tropical Fauxmosa #NewWayToSparkle

I have been trying to stay hydrated as part of my recently adopted healthier lifestyle. The thing is, plain old water is boring when you drink it all day, everyday. My taste buds have begun to wonder: What did we ever do to deserve this monotony? It’s a fair question. Given my weight, which will remain undisclosed, I need to drink 100 ounces of water daily. Weekend brunches have been especially challenging, since I love mimosas so much. I have been searching for a healthier yet flavorful beverage to help me rise, shine, and sparkle. I have found the cure for my watered-down blues in Dasani Sparkling!

Dasani Sparkle at Target #NewWayToSparkle

I purchased the NEW Dasani Sparkling at my nearby Target. You can, too. Dasani is relaunching everyone’s favorite flavors along with two new flavors of Dasani Sparkling: Tropical Pineapple and Raspberry Lemonade! I must mention that there is a fantastic promotional intro Target price of 3 for $9 (and a 5% cartwheel offer) 4/10/16-5/1/16. It’s just another great reason that you can make any moment sparkle with the new sleek Dasani Sparkling cans.

Tropical Fauxmosa Recipe

Step 1: Gather all your ingredients, grab a cutting board and a knife.

Fauxmosa Ingredients #NewWayToSparkle

Step 2: Crush up some ice for your glass and add freshly squeezed juice topped with Dasani Sparkle.

Fauxmosa Recipe #NewWayToSparkle

Step 3: Garnish! Make that mint and lemon look as pretty as they are delicious.

Tropical Fauxmosa Garnish #NewWayToSparkle

Step 4: Grab a straw and drink!

Tropical Fauxmosa Recipe #NewWayToSparkle

Please enjoy my Tropical Fauxmosa Recipe anytime you want to celebrate the small and big moments in life. Cheers!

Fauxmosa Recipe #NewWayToSparkle
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Recipe type: Mocktail
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Serves: 1
 
This guilt-free tropical fauxmosa recipe made with fresh fruit and Dasani Sparkling gives me a #NewWaytoSparkle.
Ingredients
  • Crushed Ice
  • 1 12 ounce can Tropical Pineapple Dasani Sparkle
  • 1 orange, freshly squeezed
  • 1 lime, freshly squeezed
  • 1 lemon slice for garnish
  • 1 mint sprig for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill ¼ of a highball glass with crushed ice
  2. Add freshly squeezed juice from the orange
  3. Add freshly squeezed juice from the lime
  4. Add Tropical Pineapple Dasani Sparkle
  5. Garnish with lemon and mint

Looking for Another #NewWayToSparkle?

Find more easy-to-make recipes that are refreshing and fun to make with Dasani Sparkling Water by visiting this link: NewWayToSparkle.

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Smitten with Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies http://myuntangledlife.com/smitten-with-salted-chocolate-chip-cookies/ http://myuntangledlife.com/smitten-with-salted-chocolate-chip-cookies/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:42:40 +0000 http://myuntangledlife.com/?p=27692
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
My quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie is nearing its end, but not before sneaking in this delicious recipe for salted chocolate chip cookies. ]]>
At long last my quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie is coming to a close. Over the last year I have been preoccupied by getting a condo ready to sell, finding a community in which we wanted to live, buying and selling homes, and finally moving into a new house. Throughout all of this my baking time has been more limited than I would have liked, but one constant comfort has been chocolate chip cookies. My next post on the subject will be the final…

Smitten Kitchen Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Until then, I have one more great recipe to share. When I read this recipe on Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs of all time, I was just about sure that I had already decided which of the recipes I had tested so far would be the winner. Then I saw her recipe for Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Generally speaking, when Deb posts something on Smitten Kitchen, I am assured of liking it. This recipe looked to be no exception. One of the things that appealed to me most about this recipe was its no nonsense approach. You don’t brown butter or rest the dough or use special flour. That made this recipe an easy one to test right away.

I cannot say that I was disappointed in these cookies in any way. The cookies are thicker than some, with a crispy exterior, and a soft interior. The flavor is well balanced. In fact, I suspect one of the reasons for this is the sprinkling of sea salt on the tops of the cookie. When my brother first told me about a chocolate chip cookie with sea salt that he loved from his local farmer’s market, I was skeptical (and jealous that this baker had stolen my place in his cookie jar). I have to say, he was right to be in love. The salty-sweet combination makes this cookie special. Does it make it my new favorite? Check back soon!

Smitten with Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
 
The flavor of these soft cookies with a crunchy edge is set off perfectly with sea salt. You'll love the balance of flavor and how easily the cookies come together.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar or Sugar in the Raw
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • Heaped ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups chocolate chips
  • Flaky sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 360°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking mats.
  2. Whisk together salt, baking soda, and flour.
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add egg and vanilla, beating until incorporated, and scraping down the bowl as needed.
  5. Beat dry ingredients on a low speed until just combined. The dough will be a bit crumbly.
  6. Mix in chocolate chips by hand.
  7. Scoop cookies into 1½ tablespoon balls, spacing them apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Sprinkle each with a few flakes of sea salt.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until just golden on the outside
  10. Let rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack.
Notes
If you don’t have turbinado sugar, you can substitute brown sugar instead.
The original recipe called for ½ pound semi- or bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks, but I used Nestle chocolate chips because I wanted to keep the chocolate chips consistent in all the recipes I tested. I suspect that these would be even better with the chocolate chunks, however.
Adapted ever so slightly from Smitten Kitchen's Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies and So Much More

See more ideas and amazing cookie recipes on my Pinterest Board all about the Chocolate Chip Cookie!

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Lentil Chili Recipe #GameforBasketball http://myuntangledlife.com/lentil-chili-recipe/ http://myuntangledlife.com/lentil-chili-recipe/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:00:49 +0000 http://myuntangledlife.com/?p=27824
Double Dribbler Recipe #GameforBasketball
I like to get in the #GameforBasketball every March with a versatile one-pot lentil chili recipe that I like to call the Double Dribbler.]]>
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#GameforBasketball

I absolutely love eating a big bowl of chili while cheering on my favorite college basketball teams, especially during the month of March. The school rivalries and red-hot games inspire me to relive my glory days on the court. I have to admit, I have been known to occasionally frequently overeat and periodically routinely overexert myself. What can I say? I’m a good-time glutton.

Advil at Walmart #GameForBasketball

Don’t Let Pain Sideline You, Be #GameForBasketball

It’s a good idea to stock up on great Pfizer products, such as Advil, at Walmart. I like having it on hand so I am ready for anything. When I push myself too hard on the court, Advil allows me to enjoy the moments without being hindered by aches and pain. We all want that, right? Walmart is the best place to get everything I need to make the basketball watching – and playing – season a pleasurable one. Nothing’s stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil*. Today, I am pleased to share an Advil coupon with you for extra savings.

Lentil Chili Recipe, No Matter What Team You Play For

Good food, good company, and good basketball naturally go together. That makes game day a great day to flex my cooking muscles. I have been trying to prepare meals more often, but I run the risk of committing a foul in the kitchen. You see, I am a vegetarian while my Dear Wife (and head cheerleader) indulges her carnivorous cravings. Fear not, for this versatile lentil chili recipe can be easily transformed from vegetarian fare to a meat-filled creation. I guess that’s why I call it the Double Dribbler!

Lentil Chili Recipe - #GameforBasketball

Double Dribbler Lentil Chili Recipe
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Serves: 10
 
I like to get in the #GameforBasketball every March with a versatile one-pot lentil chili recipe that I like to call the Double Dribbler.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 carrots, unpeeled, washed, and sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 1 sweet red pepper, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • 1 (14oz) package extra firm tofu, drained and crumbled OR 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (1 lb) bag dry brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: shredded cheese, sour cream, or other favorite chili topper
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, green bell peppers, red sweet pepper, and tofu OR ground beef over medium heat until the carrots are tender.


  2. Add all remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender, about 45 minutes.

Beyond the Double Dribbler Lentil Chili Recipe

If you are looking for a tasty pasta dish, please check out my pasta with basil, feta, olives and tomato recipe. And, there’s something for every palate on our Bake! Cook! Eat! Drink! Pinterest board.

(*Among OTC brands)

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Peep the Technique http://myuntangledlife.com/peep-the-technique/ http://myuntangledlife.com/peep-the-technique/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:21:24 +0000 http://myuntangledlife.com/?p=27846
The Perfect Peep - Amazing Reasons We Love Peeps!
Get ready to place your peepers on some awesome Peeps-inspired cocktails, recipes, pet products, DIY arts and crafts, and so much more. Happy Easter, MyUntangled peeps!]]>
When I was growing up, there existed a rare and beautiful creature that showed up during one short and sacred time of year. Of course, I’m talking about marshmallow Peeps at Easter. In my experience, when it comes to Peeps, you either love ’em or you hate ’em. On this blog, I’m the only lover, and every year my pitch to feature the marshmallow Peep in all its glory has fallen to the floor with a heavy thud. It’s similar to the kind of thud you feel in your stomach after eating an entire package of, well, Peeps. But enough about me….

These little chicks and bunnies are no joke, in fact they have built an empire over the last 60+ years. No longer just chicks and bunnies during Easter, you can chill with your Peeps all year round in a wide variety of flavors, in recipes, as adult beverages, on your clothing, in your local art exhibition, or as a featured contest in a national newspaper, and the list goes on. Actually, the list is about to begin so get ready for the MyUntangled List of Awesome Peeps-Related Things That Prove They Rule the World, List!

Peeps Booze

Yes, it seems pretty sacrilegious to turn a childhood Easter holiday candy into an adult beverage recipe…but that’s exactly the kind of thing we’re raising our glasses to! How is this combination possible, you ask? Feast your eyes on The Blue Bunny Cocktail from The Homespun Hydrangea.

Peeps Inspired Blue Bunny Cocktail

Or my personal favorite, the Peep-Infused Vodka from Baking Bites.

Peeps Infused Vodka

Peeps Recipes

While it’s still crazy to me, people all over planet Pinterest are truly kicking it up a Peep and making an array of edibles with Peeps. This drool-worthy Peeps Skillet Dip from Brit + Co looks too pretty to eat…but I will!

Peeps Skillet Dip recipe from Brit + Co

Ditto for this really beautiful Peeps Sunflower Cake from Betty Crocker. No flower can last forever, after all.

Peeps Sunflower Cake from Betty Crocker

Peeps Around the House

Still not convinced Peeps rule the world? Maybe you need some time at home to meditate on it a bit. You could light this Peeps Marshmallow Chicks candle from Yankee Candle.Peeps Yankee CandleOr how about taking a short DIY arts and crafts break to crank out this super cute Easter Centerpiece from Two Sisters Crafting?

Easter Peeps Centerpiece

Pet Peeps

I don’t recall Fifi and Fluffy getting this much swag in the past, but I was greeted with this Peepnificent display of Peeps toys for dogs and cats when I recently visited my local PetSmart.

Peeps Toys for Pets

I can tell you for sure that these toys are pup-approved. Just peep out Ruby’s girlfriend, whose name happens to be Bunny, as she rocks out an Instapeep.

Just hangin’ with my #peeps! #bunny #greyhound #greyhoundsofinstagram #acolorstory #Easter

A photo posted by @houndstooth4 on

Peeps as Fine Art

And then there was the diorama. I have fellow MyUntangled blogger, Kat, to thank for turning me on to the Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. 2016 marks the contest’s 10th year! Despite being one of the most well-known contests, there are so many others in existence that the official Peeps website maintains a list. This whole strange and beautiful form of Peeptistic expression has truly changed my life forever.

There are so many amazingly creative pieces out there that I could start listing them now through next Easter. But one of my all-time faves is from the 2011 Washington Post contest. A salute to my favorite show growing up with some Peepsonality.

The Mupeep Show Diorama

And finally, a 2015 Washington Post finalist, and possibly my favorite…this.

Kim K Peep

Happy Spring Everyone!

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Ruby’s 2016 St. Paddy’s Day Haiku http://myuntangledlife.com/rubys-2016-st-paddys-day-haiku/ http://myuntangledlife.com/rubys-2016-st-paddys-day-haiku/#respond Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:43:18 +0000 http://myuntangledlife.com/?p=27786
Ruby's 2016 St. Paddy's Day Haiku
Ruby the four-pawed clover is over the moon to share a Happy St. Patrick's Day Haiku with all of you. We wish everyone a day full of luck, love, good cheer, and plenty of green beer!]]>
Lucky is the lad

Happy St. Patricks Day 2016 from Ruby the Bloggin' Dog and MyUntangled Life

Graced with a sweet Irish lass

Ruby Celebrates St. Patricks Day 2016

Be still, my green heart

March 17, 2016

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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails http://myuntangledlife.com/st-patricks-day-cocktails/ http://myuntangledlife.com/st-patricks-day-cocktails/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:22:03 +0000 http://myuntangledlife.com/?p=27659
St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails
Even if you don't have the luck of the Irish, the tasty libations in our St. Patrick's Day cocktail roundup will have you seeing green on St. Paddy's Day. ]]>
As I am sure you are aware, St. Patrick’s Day is known as one of the biggest drinking holidays of the year. It’s a day that everyone can claim to be a little bit Irish, right? To help kickoff the festivities, I’ve put together a roundup of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day cocktails that will have you seeing orange, white, and green. Erin go Bragh!

Shamrock Sour Cocktail This sweet and sour cocktail is the prefect combination of both worlds.

St. Patrick's Day Cocktails - The Shamrock Sour

Irish Mojito An Irish twist on a traditional mojito, best made with Jameson.

St. Patrick's Day Cocktails - The Irish Mojito

Green Apple Sangria Though sangria is not technically “Irish”, this sangria is a lighter alternative and still fits with the green theme.

Green Apple Sangria

Irish Whiskey Green Tea Punch This drink offers a fresh spin on traditional party punches. If you’d like, you can prepare it without the whiskey for a great mock-tail!

St. Patrick's Day Cocktails - Irish Whiskey Green Tea Punch

Black and Tan Drink This one is my go-to drink on St Patrick’s Day, and it’s also known as a “half and half”.

St. Patrick's Day Cocktails - Black and Tan

Jameson Jello Shots These jello shots are sure to pack a punch at any St. Paddy’s Day gathering.

Jameson Jello Shots - St. Patrick's Day Cocktails

Grasshopper Cocktail Want a dessert drink? This minty libation is sure to please.

Grasshopper Cocktail

Irish Whiskey Skin An Irish version of the Hot Toddy, this is the perfect warm drink for a cold winter night.

St. Patrick's Day Cocktails - Irish Whiskey Skin

Irish Coffee You might just want to start St. Patrick’s Day with this classic.

Irish Coffee

Looking for some tasty food to pair with your preferred Kiss Me, I’m Irish cocktail? Go ahead and take a peek at our slow-cooker corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread recipes. Also, please be sure to check out my St. Paddy’s Day Pinterest board for more inspiration. And remember, have a happy and safe holiday!

I’d love to know, did your favorite drink appear on our roundup of St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails?

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MyUntangled Home Organization Binder http://myuntangledlife.com/myuntangled-home-organization-binder/ http://myuntangledlife.com/myuntangled-home-organization-binder/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:50:00 +0000 http://myuntangledlife.com/?p=27669
Home Binder Project Untangled
Has disorganization left your household in a real bind? Well, now is the time to create a binder with various home documents, local information, and manuals so your abode gets and stays organized!]]>
Welcome Home, Now What?

In November my husband and I bought a new house. There have been so many things to unpack, decorate, and organize. Moving around the MyUntangled holidays only added to the typical move chaos. The previous owners were kind enough to leave many of the manuals for the various appliances and systems in the house. We added to the pile of manuals when we bought a few new appliances. I started printing lists of how to save money at home and how to prepare your home for winter. Then I promptly stuck all of the papers we were accumulating into a big pile on the corner of my desk. There was no way this pile could stay as it was. Home organization binder to the rescue!

Mess of Home Papers

How to Get Out of a Real Bind

Fortunately, I knew just what I wanted to do. A few years back, we had rented a house for a summer vacation. The owners had created a binder with contact information, maps, local guides, and manuals for the various appliances. When we bought our condo, I quickly adopted this same idea, creating a binder with the various condo documents, local information, and our manuals. When we sold our condo, I left this binder for the new owner. Now it was time to tackle the binder for our new home.

Home Binder before

An Organized Home is a Happy Home

First, I bought a large binder, tab dividers, sheet protectors, and some pocket folders. Next, I took the whole stack of papers that we had accumulated and organized it by category. For me, I had four categories: house-specific information; local information; tips and ideas; and manuals. In the house-specific information I included our original listing sheet, the floor plan, the plot plan, emergency contact information (plumbers, electrician, utility providers, etc.), and the report from our home inspection. The local information I had compiled included the recycling and trash pickup schedule, a few take-out menus, maps, and voting information. While I am sure I could fill a whole separate binder for tips and ideas, I had gathered cost-saving tips, gardening tips, and decorating ideas. The manuals were easy to sort by room–kitchen appliances, laundry room, systems, and exterior.

Home organization binder

MyUntangled Binder

Once I had the information sorted into categories, I simply started filling the binder. Each subcategory got a separate tab. Then the corresponding materials went into a sheet protector or a pocket folder and into the binder. I left a few tabs blank at the end and added extra sheet protectors so that I can add new materials at any time. Within an hour I had untangled my mess of papers and created a new home organization binder that should be easy to maintain over time. Plus, now we know exactly where to look the next time something malfunctions or we need to figure out if we can recycle something. Oh, and I have that corner of my desk back too!

MyUntangled Home Organization Binder

Beyond the Home Organization Binder

Be sure to check out some of our other DIY project ideas, especially the posts on tips for surviving a long distance move, DVD organization, simple ways to organize your closet, and quick and easy recipe organizing tips. Also, please join us on our DIY Organize Pinterest board.

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