Be omnivorous, don't just read one kind of book, read everything. - Richard Wagamese

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Recipe: Slow Cooker Rice Pudding

I love rice pudding but it has to be creamy. This is the recipe that I use for my slow cooker. It's very easy, and yummy.

4 Cups of Milk
1/2 Cup of Long Grain Rice
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Tsp of Cinnamon

If you like raisins you can add in 1/2 cup of raisins. I'm not a fan, and I leave them out. This is great especially when you have extra milk that you need use.

I've had this recipe memorized for awhile now, but it was originally a Pinterest find. The pin can be found here.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Slow Cooker 101

I love my slow cooker, and I don't think I could get through my weeks without it. Especially with a young child who has an early bedtime, I don't have a lot of time to prepare meals. I love my slow cooker because it's easy, it's efficient and it's so delicious! I know plenty of people who have the same love for their slow cooker as I do, but I've also come across those who haven't used one and are not sure where to begin. I have some tips and tricks for you. Once you know how to slow cook, head on over to Pinterest and finds some meals to cook.

  • You can but liners that will cover the slow cooker, and make clean up time faster. Another options would be to spray the slow cooker with an oil spray. I have the Ninja Kitchen Cooking System which is non stick and I love it. I will have a review of this coming up

  • When choosing meats, you can opt for the cheaper meats when using a slow cooker. The slow cooking process will tenderize even the toughest meats. So, skip the pricier meats and save some money.

  • Only fill the slow cooker half to two-thirds full. This will ensure the recipe cooks within the proper time frame. Slow cookers come in a variety of sizes, choose the one that will fit your family.

  • Vegetables don't cook as fast as meat and they should be placed underneath the meat at the bottom. They will cook and be juicy. Tender vegetables should only be added during the last 45 minutes, this way they won't overcook and break down.

  • Liquids don't boil away while slow cooking. If you have a recipe that's not specifically for a slow cooker, reduce the liquid by 1/2 unless cooking rice or soup.

  • Setting times on a slow cooker is usually low or high. The both cook at the same temperature but it dictates how fast the slow cooker will reach the maximum temperature. The low setting usually takes 8 to 10 hours to cook your food while the high setting takes 4 to 6 hours. One hour on low id equal to 2 hours on high.

  • Once you've put in your ingredients and you're ready for it to cook, walk away! Slow cookers are meant to cook while you're away. There's no need to stir or watch the cooking process. Every time you lift the lid, heat is escaping and disrupting the cook time. Also, ensure your lid fits snuggly. If the lid doesn't fit well, the temperature is not stable within the slow cooker.

If you have any tips and tricks, please let me know.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Product Review: Cuisinart Programmable Tea Steeper

I’m a huge tea lover, and was in the market for a tea kettle. I wanted something that would have the different temperature settings and be able to time the steeping time. Truthfully, I wanted the Breville One Touch Tea Maker but the price tag really stopped me. I couldn’t justify spending 249$ on a kettle, even though I drink tea every day. The Cuisinart programmable Tea Steeper has everything I wanted but had some mixed reviews. A few reviews found the steeper hard to use, and I was a little worried but decided to give it a try.

I’ve been using this kettle for months, and I honestly love it. I have no issues with the basket; I can lower it and rise it without any issues. I love that it has a timer, it’s great when I’m getting ready in the mornings and not standing by the kettle the whole time. It beeps, and I lower the basket. The different temperatures, and adjustable timer is great.  I purchased the Cuisinart for 109$ and I would purchase it again. I highly recommend this one, especially if you want a tea maker and a kettle. 

You have both options. I would love to try the Breville, but with the steep price tag, I won’t be buying it. I wash my kettle with lemon juice and the steel staying looking great. The tea stains come right out. I love that I can make enough tea to fill my thermos for work, and pour a small cup for home.

Monday, September 21, 2015

One Pot Meal Tortellini and Sausage

Hi Everyone,

I've been meal planning and trying out some new recipes. I use my slow cooker alot, but when I don't, I need to find something that can be done quickly. Caleb goes to bed early, and we need some play time and evening time before bed. I don't have alot of time in the evenings. I found this recipe on Yellow Bliss Road and we really enjoyed it. I will definitely be making this meal again. One Pot quick meals are my new goal. I cooked this in my skillet, and it came out great.

One Pot Tortellini Sausage in Tomato Cream Sauce

1 package of frozen Tortellini
1 package of Sausage Sliced ( I used Mild Italian)
1 Can of Tomatoes
1 Cup of Chicken Broth
Pinch of Salt and Pepper
2 Tbsp of Cream Cheese
2 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Cook Tortellini, Sausage, Tomatoes, Broth for 20 Mins. Remove from heat and add cheese. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review: Kobo Aura H20

I’m had my Kobo H20 for about 6 months, and I love reading on it. I choose an ereader over a tablet because I feel like it’s easier on my eyes and I love the battery life. I can also read outside, glare free while I’m commuting to work. If you’re familiar with the Kobo Aura, the H20 is very similar. The H20 has a bigger screen, it's 6.8" and it’s waterproof. I can read in the bath, I can read while Caleb is in the bath and I don’t have to worry about him splashing the screen.  The screen can be submerged in five meters of water, for up to fifty minutes. If you’re a pool/beach person this would be great.  The screen has a light which makes reading in the dark easy. It has five lights on the bottom of the bezel that distributes the light evenly and I really enjoy reading on it. I tend to keep the light on during the day to give the screen a black on white feel. Another reason why I prefer an ereader over a tablet is that it’s dedicated to reading. On my tablet, I find it very easy to get distracted and I don’t get as much reading done.

Kobo does a great job giving readers options such as font, sizing, and file types. I like that I can update the line spacing and margins. The built in dictionary is also something that I enjoy. Side loading ebooks has been easy, and overall I love the reader. I haven't had any problems with it freezing or page turns being slow. I’ve owned many ereaders, many of them were Kobo's and this one has been my favorite. I don’t see myself upgrading it any time soon. If you’re in the market for a new reader, I highly recommend the H20. It’s an overall great reader that you can use anytime. Bath time, with an ereader is great. No more ziplock bag!

Monday, September 14, 2015

A Cup of Tea Solves Everything...

Let's chat over a cup of tea...

While I’m exploring the direction of my blog, I wanted to talk about my blog. I started blogging in 2009, I was newly married, working overnights and didn’t have anyone to talk about books. I started Mrs Q Book Addict, and loved the book blogging community. I was a very shy person, and blogging helped me come out of my shell. I signed up for Twitter, had no idea how it worked but slowly became addicted.  Becoming a mom, has REALLY made me come out of my shell. You have no choice; when your toddler waves to every stranger. While I’ve been blogging on and off, since Caleb was born, I could never just delete my blog.  I was okay with leaving the blog and letting it wait for my return. I know I’m not reading as much, and sometimes I just don’t feel like reviewing a book after I finished it. So, I want to review and post about things other than books. I want my blog to be a reflection of who I am. I’m a wife, mom, book lover, tea lover, makeup lover, I also love gadgets. These will be some of the things that I post about. I’m thinking about also throwing in some tried and true recipes that have worked for my family. Crockpot- my best friend! I want to be more open to ideas.  I want my blog to be more creative in content.

Here’s a list of things about me:

  1. Daniel and I met when I was 17 years old. We’ve been together for almost 13 years and married for 6
  2.  I love country music. I’m heartbroken over Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s divorce. WTH?
  3.  I’m slowing starting to move away from my love of pink. I don’t have to have everything in pink!
  4.  I love when hockey season starts, because I can guilt free read and Daniel is occupied for the evening.  Go Montreal!
  5. I’m Native American, Mi’kmaw and it’s really important to me. I also hate when people tell me I don’t “look Native.” Or ask what percentage I am...
  6. I was a huge Apple fan, but the internal storage and cost of the new phones made me move to a Samsung note, and I don’t regret it. I love my phone. Sorry, Apple!
  7.  I really want a decorative planner, but I don’t think I can switch from an electronic planner. I currently use the app Planner Plus.
  8.  I watch a lot of YouTube during the week. It’s my way of blocking out coworkers. It works, and I learned the magic art of concealer. #darkcirclesonfleek #toddlerdoesntsleepthroughthenight
  9.  I hate driving. I passed my license at 17, my dad asked me if I wanted to drive home, and I said “Nope.”  I rather walk or take the bus.
  10. I hate vegetables…honest. I don't consider myself a good cook, but I really want to work on that. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday Update

Life Update:

I'm so happy it's Friday! My husband has been working longer hours, and it seems like the weeks are more exhausting. Since Daniel has been getting up, and leaving earlier, Caleb wakes up earlier. He usually wakes up around 6:00 and now he's been waking up at 5-5:30. I don't know what it is about Caleb but he does not sleep past 6:30- at the latest. Even if he's had a horrible night, he still wakes up early. So, I'll be hoping to get a few naps in with Caleb this weekend. He's starting swimming on Sunday, and I really hope he likes it.

Next week I will start implementing my new meal planning system. I'm been feeling overwhelmed lately, and thought I need to change this. I know I'm most happy when I'm organized, and feel like I'm in control. So, I'm trying out meal planning. I think I will meal plan and shop weekly. I'm using an electronic planner, since it will be in my phone and tablet. I'm currently using Planner Plus, and really liking the layout. I also added "Out of Milk" and decided to make a list of ingredients that I need. Usually, I have no list and when it comes time to make something, I don't have everything. I think this will really help my stress level. I work full time, and it's honestly not easy. Caleb still doesn't sleep his night and I don't think he ever will...We co-sleep and he still doesn't sleep his nights.

I really want to get back into blogging, and plan to incorporate more than just books, since I'm not reading as much as I use to but I have other things that enjoy. I'm really been into beauty products lately. I watch alot of Youtube. I started realizing that I never wanted to me in pictures with Caleb because I looked so tired, and exhausted. I thought to myself, I don't have to feel like that. I started learning more about makeup, and decided that taking ten minutes out of my morning and applying makeup makes me feel better about myself. So, I might incorporate some makeup reviews as well. I'm not sure the direction my blog will take, but I'm excited to see where it goes.  

Here's a cute video of my little man, who has mad dancing skills. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Summer Reading and Currently Reading

Hi Everyone!

I've been in a huge reading rut, and I think I'm slowly crawling out of it. It seemed like every book I picked up, I couldn't really get into it or I like it but it couldn't hold my attention. I did read a few books, that I finished and enjoyed.

3/5 stars.

This book was really well written but VERY dark. I struggled to rate it. Told from the perspective of an inmate who longs for death. He doesn't want to appeal his sentence, he doesn't want to delay. Other inmates want to escape death more than anything. This book will really leave you thinking.

4/5 Stars

This is the first in a new series, and I really did enjoy it. I'm not sure I will continue with the series though. It held my attention but I wasn't sold on the story line.

5/5 Stars

I really enjoyed this one, and I can't wait to get the next book. Lara Jean is a great, flawed character. She's learning about who she is, and her role in the family since her sister has gone to school abroad. When a secret box of letters is sent out, she is terrified. Lara Jeans voice did seem younger than 16 but I was able to look past that. I can see why there are mixed reviews of this one.

I'm currently reading:

If you have any book recommendations of books that you recently loved, please let me know. I need to get back into the swing of things, my summer reading was horrible!