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Weekly TKW Share A Smile!

Somewhere out there someone has lost their smile. Share a pic on our Facebook page today of what makes you smile and help give a smile to someone who needs it! #tkwshareasmile

I started this movement a few weeks back on Facebook where I needed help smiling. I lost my reason to smile. The result was incredible. The outpouring of love from you all was truly overwhelming. Then what surprised me, and moved me to tears, were the private emails and messages from folks thanking me for this. They, too, lost their smile. Some are battling cancer, some a heart-crushing loss of a loved one, some that just are down on their luck.

That’s when it made me think. If a seemingly, selfish act (my post) can help me and so many others than this needs to be a regular posting on my site and Facebook. In a world where there is so much hate and negativity, let’s help give others hope by simply sharing a smile. Post a pic on Facebook of what makes you smile  – it can be your kids, your fur babies, a saying, sunrise, or just a plate of crispy bacon. Everywhere I’ll capture some of those images and compile them into a collage to share with those of you that aren’t on Facebook.

The images are just so heartwarming as are the stories that posted with them. From the birth of a newborn to teaching a grand-daughter how to make pizza. This is what makes me smile. It’s the simple things in live folks.

Smile, it looks beautiful on you!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Fresh Herb Chopping Trick You Should Know

Find out today how to prevent fresh herbs from flying all over creation when you chop them with this simple trick!

I am a HUGE fan of fresh herbs. If I had the time I would literally have an entire garden dedicated to just fresh herbs. Basil, Cilantro and Parsley are my 3 besties in the kitchen. The smell of fresh dill, lavender and thyme are amazing. Rosemary…eh, not so much. It tastes like soap and it’s prickly which means I get jabbed like the dickens when I work with it. Plus if I’m being fully transparent here, I kill it. Every single Christmas I buy one of those Rosemary shaped Christmas trees for the kitchen and every January it’s dead. Like it shatters when you touch it dead. I’ve made peace with it that I’ll never grow it and I’m okay with that.

So while I have a pantry full of dried spices I’ll reach for fresh any day. There’s just something comforting about using fresh herbs albeit it the smell, the colors or just that ‘freshness’ it imparts on a dish. Plus the colors are so much more vibrant (obviously). I LOVE making Sunday gravy and seeing ribbons of fresh basil throughout. Or when I make a pizza on Friday night and I see the fresh oregano and basil sprinkled on top. To me, fresh herbs = homemade – at least visually.

However one thing that can be a pain about dealing with fresh herbs is chopping them. Sure you can roll them up if they are leaves or do your best to squinch (squinch is a combination of squish and pinch in TKW language) it up real tight and chop it small. What ends up happening? It flies all over the board. Well today I’m sharing with you a simple trick that can help prevent this!

What are your go-to herbs?

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Jelly/Jam Jar Vinaigrette

Forget getting the spatula out to clean out the last bit of jam or jelly in the jar! Instead whip up a simple salad vinaigrette!

So my Mama taught me this trick a million years ago and honestly I’ve been doing this for just as long however I thought it was common practice for everyone to do. Apparently I was wrong when I mentioned this to my one girlfriend who was complaining that her daughter actually broke her spatula trying to get the last bit of jelly out of the jar. When I told her what I do/my Mama taught me it was like I told her the meaning of life. She literally was in awe and had a total “whoa!” moment. LOL I love those!

Growing up Mom never bought store-bought jams or jellies. Oh no, that was severely frowned upon. Now I’ll confess I do buy them from time to time only out of lack of time to make homemade. It’s not hard to make (really) and it doesn’t take long (really) but with everything else on my plate I just have to cut corners from time to time.

What Mom taught me was, instead of trying to scrape out the last bit of jam or jelly out of the jar (and ending getting your knuckles all sticky from it) leave the excess and make it into a delicious fruity vinaigrette! Genius, I know!
Seriously Mom’s are geniuses!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Separating Eggs

Separating Eggs are easier than you think. There are gadgets and gidzmos that will do it for you but for me I’m all about these 2 hands (shows you her hands).

Eggs are natures perfect kitchen ingredient. One simple little thing can transform into a bajillion different recipes and creations. They are super high in protein and nutrition and for me one of my favorite ingredients. I always have at least 3 dozen on hand at any given time. Now sadly, even though I live in the country I have zero access to buying farm-fresh eggs as honestly those are absolutely the best. Oh sure my actual next door neighbor has a ton of chickens but we don’t like them therefore we don’t like their eggs. lol #worstneighborsever

What prompted this post was I had someone say to me the other day that no matter what they did they always screwed up separating eggs. She had been trying to make meringue however hers never whipped. You see, the issue is even if you get the teensiest bit of yolk in it, the egg whites will not whip up. Also some may say “Well hey, they sell cartons of egg whites. I can just use that. Eh… sort of.. It *may* work but 90% of the time it doesn’t. Just watch using carton egg whites as depending on their age I’ve had them not whip up at all.

So then what? Well you have those fancy gadgets that you crack the egg into and the yolk is supposed to sit on this ledge while the whites drain through. Ehhhh.. doesn’t always work. Dependent on how you crack your egg and where you can actually bust the yolk or hit the yolk on the edge of the ledge thus piercing it and allowing some of the yolk drip into the whites. The pros of this is you don’t get your hands messy. The cons – it often doesn’t work.

How do you like your eggs?

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Awesome new kitchen finds!

I’m all about kitchen items that serve multiple purposes and are practical. Today I’m sharing with you some of my latest kitchen finds that I seriously am in LOVE with!!!

Hey TKW Family!  Today I’m sharing with you some of my latest (and favorite) kitchen finds. I’m not one that buys the latest and greatest, the flashiest or even what’s trending just because it’s trending. Being an engineer I look at items I suppose you would say differently. Like you I assess the quality, price, purpose. Some of you as well probably look at the re-usability of the item. Now where I’m a bit different (or super-analytical as my friends say) is, depending on the product, I’ll take it to that ‘in the weeds’ level. Case in point pots and pans. I reviewed numerous pans from a metal compound perspective, heat transfer/dispersion, composition all the way to the types of metal used. Full disclosure this is where Mr. Fantabulous actually helps out as he’s also an engineer but works very closely with metal fabrication.

However I will say I have been one of those folks where I see something “pretty/shiny/pig-oriented” and have to buy it. Though 99% of the time they tend to be just be pretty with zero practical value – unless it’s anything pig. Pigs always have practical value. lol

So let’s take a look at the things I’m currently infatuated with (fyi you can find these all in my Amazon Influencer Shop):
Seriously these glass milk bottles EVERYONE needs!

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