Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – How to EASILY remove Tea and Coffee Stains from your favorite mug

I’m a tea drinker. No, not an iced tea fan but rather a cup of hot tea lover. Ever since I was little spending Friday night to Saturday at my Grandma’s tea has been a part of my life.  We’d get up super early, sit at her kitchen table while she put the kettle on and put some bread in the toaster for us.  We’d have hot tea with 2 cubes of sugar and milk.  Grandma never used regular sugar; only ever cubes for tea.  She used to say “we don’t have money honey but there’s something fancy about using sugar cubes in tea”. She’s right, it just was…fancy.

As time went by I acquired my favorite mug.  Now this mug is only EVER to be used for tea; nothing else.  Why?  Cause it’s my tea mug; geesh.  LOL  On the converse if you’re in my house and you grab MY mug um… yeah, don’t grab my mug. It’s nothing fancy.  It’s just plain white, holds 20 ounces though I only put in 12 ounces of water at a time; really nothing special. But it’s my mug.

However through the years the inner wells began to stain badly.  Tea and coffee does that. This drove me crazy as no matter how hard I scrubbed I couldn’t get the stains out.  Sure I could use bleach but um.. I drink out of that mug so no bleach for this girl.  There just had to be a better, SAFER, way to get rid of the stains.  Well there is and I’m sharing it with you today!

Do you have a favorite mug?

#ad Italian Chicken Panzanella Salad

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When the opportunity came knocking on my proverbial door to create a delicious, but super easy recipe, for Tyson® Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips and Wish-Bone® Regular Italian dressing I jumped at the opportunity.  You know me; I’m all about great protein, simple steps and amazing flavors.  That’s exactly what I have in store for you today with this Italian Chicken Panzanella Salad!  Whether you’re getting ready for the Big Game, lunches for the week or a quick week night meal, I got you covered with this recipe!

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I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculously easy AND delicious this recipe is!  What’s even more awesomer (go with it folks) is that you can add to this dish whatever you want.  If you were a fan of olives or capers – put ’em in!  Red onions or shallots would be epic in this dish too! But for me, I wanted to keep it simple, colorful and let the true stars of the dish shine through – the Tyson® Grilled & Ready Chicken Breast Strips and Wish-Bone® Regular Italian dressing.
You are SO going to fall in love with this dish!

SNICKERS® Cheesecake Dip with Cinnamon Sugar TOSTITO® Scoops

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Before I start to babble, I want you to drool for a minute.  Scroll down…

slowly…  WAIT!!!  You may want to grab a napkin as you’re gonna drool…A LOT!

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Yeah, that just happened.  You’re welcome <curtsey>  LOL  What the what?!  SNICKERS® cheesecake DIP?!  And whoa, wait a minute… Cinnamon Sugar TOSTITOS® Scoops?!  Yeah, I so double whammied you today with seriously the BEST cheesecake dip ever made in the history of well, EVER!  LOL

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Weekly Menu

Sundays are meant to be lazy right? Sleeping in, not a care in the world – nuffin’.  Heck you don’t even have to put on real pants if you don’t want to.  Fine, you don’t have to put on pants at all but hey, this is a family blog so we gotta keep is PG at least.  But I’m with ya on the no pants *wink*.  For me it means NO MAKEUP, NO flat iron and I don’t have to wear real shoes.  I’m so not a girlie girl in the sense I could care less about the shoes I wear. Give me my Nike or pig slippers any day.  Sunday’s I’m all about pony tails, inside out sweats (it’s a thing for me), flour on my cheeks (and most likely on my butt – I’m a hand-on-the-butt-kinda-flour-wipe-off girl) and a full morning of just me in the kitchen for several while Mr. Fantabulous is in SleepTown.

So let’s dish – how was your last week?  Did those of you on the East Coast finally get all dug out from that massive snow storm?  It’s funny as last Saturday we woke up to 8+ inches here and come Monday it was in the mid 40’s.  Today it’s supposed to be in the 50’s.  WTH Mother Nature?  Are you going through “the change”?  Do you need a Midol, some chocolate, a hug and something to set on fire?  Oh trust me I’m not complaining about the quasi-warmer weather but it’s at the point where I drive to work with my heater on high, bundled up in my super warm winter coat and when I leave I’m literally walking out the door holding my coat in my arms and the window cracked for the drive home.

This weather is what my Mom used to call “Catch-a-Cold” weather. Now I’m not sure if you technically can catch a cold but whatever, all I know is when you get weather like this everyone gets sick.  So with that my butt has been loading up on Vitamin C and washing my hands like it’s my job.  No cooties for me folks.  LOL


What else?  OH OH OH we had the plaster guys had out this past Friday to work more on the downstairs.  We had hoped they’d be able to finish everything up however they still have one more day left.  *Sigh* I keep telling myself that it is progress to a finished basement but after what, 9 years, I want it done.
What’s your favorite way to spend Sundays?

Fantabulous Game Day Dishes!

Growing up in Pittsburgh it’s in your blood to be a huge sports fan. We are the City of Champions for sure with our Pittsburgh Steelers, the Penguins and Pirates.  You can’t forget about the Panthers as well as our amazing high school teams.  I grew up in a house where either you played sports or you watched them on tv…well at least that was how my brothers were.  Since neither I nor my sister (sorry Di) have zero athletic ability, we were in the kitchen with Mom making food for the big game.  Every game was ‘the big game’ with each game being more important than the last.

Game day in our house meant two things – you had your assigned seat to sit in as superstition played a huge factor and secondly, you always, ALWAYS, had amazing foods to eat.  I mean you had to keep up your energy in order to cheer on your team. Here in Pittsburgh we bleed black ‘n gold and regardless of where you live in the world you’re a Steelers fan for life.

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I can remember when Mr. Fantabulous and I were in Vegas many years ago.  I was walking down the strip wearing a Steelers jersey. I lost count of how many folks would see my shirt and immediately high five me while chanting “here we go Steelers, here we go!”.  I wear my colors proud whether they win or lose.  So even though the Steelers aren’t in the running this year for the big game, I’ll still watch football…and hockey…and whatever other sport is on tv.
Grab your face paint, put on your favorite jersey and let’s get ready to game our game day grub on!

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