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Growing Plum Crazy – Wordless Wednesday Pictures

We are Growing Plum Crazy here at our house, thanks to some tips and tricks I found online. The plum tree has been a sad story for the past 2 years, since we moved into this little house. Now it’s Growing Plum Crazy with Plums! Yay!

I found a tip that told me to hang old CD’s on the tree… birds are afraid of shiny things. Done.

Next I realized that I had to address the insects. I sprayed the tree down with a spray bottle of this Organic solution: 1 Tablespoon of Castile Soap to 1 Gallon of water, respraying for every day for a week, and then after heavy rain fall.

The results, the branches are so full of plums that I have to go to that tree and tie up the branches, they are almost to the ground!

Okay now for the Wordless Wednesday Part:

Growing Plum crazy at my house 1Growing Plum crazy at my house part of the secret revealedPlum crazy at my house 2Plum crazy at my house closeup of plums


The Worlds First Certified Non GMO Cheese – Review

rumiano cheese logoToday I would like to introduce you to Non GMO Organic Cheese by Rumiano. These Organic Cheeses by Rumiano were the worlds ONLY certified Non GMO Cheese, until recently… Now they can proudly say that they were the worlds first! Cool huh? Not only that but these cheeses are also Kosher, American Humane Certified and Non GMO Verified. The cows that supply the milk for this cheese are grass fed all year round. No hormones or pesticides are used.

I was worried that a cheese like this could be difficult to find in my area, so off to do research I went. It is always helpful to look at a specific brands website and have a listing of stores near you that carry their products and Rumiano was no different. I was so happy to discover that my area Whole Foods Store carried their product.

hotdog with worlds only Non GMO Certfied CheeseNow it took me about 15 minutes in the store to find their product with all the other natural cheeses they had in store, it was a shame that they only carried 2 types of their cheese and that they only carried the 6 oz sliced cheese, not the bars of cheese that I prefer to get. So I picked up one of each type of cheese, Mild Cheddar and Monterey Jack Cheese. Now neither of these cheeses were the ones I was hoping for as I like my cheeses with a bit more of a bite and flavor to them, but I enjoyed them all the same. We still enjoyed them all the same, we had some on our sandwiches, and some melted on our hot dogs.

Cheese and Crackers using The Worlds Only Non GMO Certfied CheeseAnd the last slices of each cheese, I cut into smaller slices, to enjoy with friends on some crackers. Our friends loved both of the cheeses! I showed my girlfriend a package and told her about the fact that they were organic and the Worlds ONLY certified Non GMO Cheese. She was so impressed with this that I, unfortunately (for hubby and I), I felt that I HAD to give her my last coupon for a free package. *insert teary eyes here* I was hoping to use my last coupon for when I visited my parents again soon, as I’d pass through Boulder and SURELY Boulder, Colorado would have more people insisting on this brand of cheese in all of their many natural and health food stores! Ah well… that will teach me for being a good friend, right? lol

thick slices of Rumiano Organic CheeseI would like to add that the cheese is thick sliced at 1 oz a slice, so there were 6 slices of cheese to a package in a 6 oz package. Hey but with thinner slices I would be placing more cheese on my sandwiches than I had to with their slices. πŸ™‚

The Cheddar was extremely mild, and the same for the Monterey Jack, but a nice consistency on both of them. We especially liked the creamy texture of the Monterey Jack. I can’t say much other than it was nice to have good cheese in our house and to enjoy the thought of looking for more of their cheese in the future. I will check back in a month or so to see if our local Whole Foods decided to carry more, and we will keep a watchful eye out whenever we are nearby another store that should be carrying their cheeses to see if they have what we really want to try. πŸ™‚

I looked at the back of my packages of Non GMO Cheese from Rumiano and their ingredients are simple and the same on both of the cheeses that I tried:

Rumiano Cheese Picture of a brick of their wonderful Certified Non-gmo cheese.Ingredients: pasteurized organic milk, cheese cultures, sea salt and vegetable enzymes.



Being a cheese lover, I did turn around and write to Rumiano about the shortage of variety at my Whole Foods Store. Rumiano was so kind to contact me in return and ask me to go to their store locator page and submit their form to request they contact our store. I saw that link at first visit, but I thought it was just to request that a store pick up their cheese, good news, it can also notify them of a shortage of variety in a store like mine. πŸ™‚ Here is what you do to try and either get their cheese into a store near you (if they aren’t showing up in the locator) or to request they carry a bigger variety… look just to the right of the area where you’d search for a store and there is link “Request Rumiano Cheese to contact your store”…. to do this have the name of the store, city and zip code, then fill in the area with your request.

I am very satisfied with Rumiano cheese and all they have to offer…now I want to see more from the stores locally, you’d think that with a company like Rumiano Cheese out there producing the worlds first certified Non GMO cheese, that the naturalΒ  & health food stores would pounce on the products. My only disappointment was not with Rumiano it was with the store near me that didn’t supply more of the best of the best, that people would want to feed to their friends, family, children and grandchildren! Shame on places that don’t pounce on this excellent brand of cheese!

Thank you Rumiano for entrusting me with a review of your fine cheeses, I can’t wait to get my own personal letter out to local health and natural food stores about your product… I want to see more of you!

Want to share some news with friends and family about this cheese? Please use the hashtag: #RumianoCheese and a link to this review! πŸ™‚

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received free cheese for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Rumiano and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Meals By The Week – Review & Giveaway

Hello everyone, I have had the honor and convenience of experiencing Meals by the Week for about a Month now.

What is meals by the week?

  1. Meals by the week is a handy program for busy people,
  2. it gives you the meals for the week in a weekly plan.
  3. it gives you the recipes.
  4. it gives you the shopping list.
  5. it lets you set up the store that you shop at or what special diet need you have (more later).
  6. it lets you print out everything, and you can look at your previous weeks plans (in your archive, at the bottom of your current weeks menu) and print the ones you have chosen from those previous weeks.
  7. it also lets you adjust the servings of the menus (which also adjusts the amounts on your shopping list). You can adjust both the whole week to feed more people (2,4,6,8) or choose one or more meals to double.
  8. it also gives you your side dishes! You can find them in italics in their recipes.

Further when I delved deeper into the Meals By The Week program, I found that you can go in an tell it that you don’t want/like a meal that it has given you and you can have it take that meal off your list and print out.

I also like the fact that they have a “make it cheaper” and it will help you out by letting you print out coupons etc and at the coupon place too you can set up your loyalty cards and other print out coupons (so don’t worry if they don’t support your stores).

All in all my experience has been fun and has saved me money while I shop. I had set up my Meals by the Week for our King Soopers and I have used the menu & shopping list once, thus far. Why once? My husband and I are both disabled, as such we are on a very limited budget, and we do the vast majority of our shopping once a month. We use the menus and coupons at the same time, helping us save even more. Now they didn’t have King Soopers on the Coupons from their “make it cheaper link”, but they did have regular coupons to print out and, of course, I logged onto King Soopers site and I fill my loyalty card with coupons… saving me even more.

I have to say that using the shopping lists has us thinking that we may try to shop at a place that would have more bins full of the products on our list. Why would we want to do that? Because that handy shopping list tells you just how much of a that ingredient you need, so why pick up more that you need to… those could further save us money. So far we’ve been humming and hawing over this, and haven’t decided if the coupons save us more for the stores coupons loaded to our card or if we can even use coupons at the whole foods type of stores. Ah and yes Whole Foods is on their list of Stores you can customize your menus for.

meals by the week dinner 1Clicking on Settings in their site allowed me to go to edit my profile and that allows you to:

Change the usual things such as name, email address, the plan with Meals By The Week that you are on. The coolest part, for me with the edit your profile is that I can go in and decide to click on “Choose Your Store” this brings up a scroll down area that not only includes stores, but it also includes special meal requirements/plans like; 400 Calorie Dinner, Paleo, Price Chopper and Vegetarian. As a matter of fact, I just changed my to price chopper and next release date of my Meals By The Week I shall see the “Price Chopper” menu & shopping list.

All in all, with everyone’s busy lifestyles these days, I think that it will make your weeks easier having your meals all planned out for you. Oh and speaking of easier, they even have what they call this their “Leftover Makeover”. For instance one week I used the recipe for Family Pot Roast which later became a “Leftover Makeover” of Beef Hash. Nummy Nummy! πŸ™‚ And all weekly menus contain the “Leftover Makeover”, which I LOVE! My favorite was actually the Slow Cooker Orange Chicken that turned into your “Left Over Make Over” Meal of Chinese Chicken Salad!

My husband and I may be disabled, but because it’s with chronic pain issues and more, our time in the kitchen can be very tiring and it was a struggle ever few days to decide what we should take out of the freezer and make for dinner.

meals by the week meal 2How did I do my Meals By The Week in practice?

I admit that our budget is so tight that we can shop once a month, so I’ve collected the menus that I love and of course every “Left Over Makeover” and the first dish (for the leftovers) for several weeks and then we shopped for them. I have become the Goddess of Preserving food, since, at the time we shopped, we hadn’t had a full months worth of menus… we picked up some black grapes, that turned out to be sour (oops) and I made homemade grape jam from it, and that has helped with Lunch time. I package all my meats and some par boiled vegies, in vacuum seal bags and potion them out (labeling each one for the menu item on my print out). Sure it takes time, but it saves us money and lets us stock up on foods on sale.

In Conclusion:

It seems that there are so many features there at Meals By The Week, that I don’t think I’ve done it justice. Though I’ve tried to include all the great things about this program, I probably haven’t touched on them all.

I love using my Meals by the Week and I was so fortunate that they gave me a 13 week plan! So nice that, even after this review, I can enjoy the plan and collect the yummy menus and place them in my folder to use again! And the menus, sure I haven’t tried all the “stores” or special meals but I can say that my menus were all superb, and we haven’t been disappointed yet.


Thank you Meals By The Week for the wonderful experience with your program, I can’t wait for my next menu to come up and see what you come up for me!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Coupon & Recipe for National Soft Pretzel Month

Oh I simply cannot resist a good soft pretzel and I just realized that April is National Soft Pretzel Month! Here a coupon, some fun facts and a recipe for making your own.

First off this link came in my email today for Super Pretzel Coupon (and yummy, I’ve bought their pretzels before and love them for late night snack attacks): http://t.mb00.net/s/c?y.s7vf.1.yr60.3oz0 this strange looking link brings you right to the coupon on Red Plum. πŸ™‚

Fun Facts:

Did you know that Soft Pretzels have been around back in 600 ADs?

Did you know, The common pretzel shape was created by Monks in the shape of praying hands? And that the shape has also said to represent good luck and prosperity.

Alton Brown's Soft Pretzels
Alton Brown’s Soft Pretzels

Here is a link to a Recipe to make your own Soft Pretzels from one of my favorite chefs Alton Brown (gotta love his sense of humor): Alton Brown’s Recipe for Soft Pretzels on the Food Network

Have fun with the remaining days of National Pretzel Month. Incidentally this past Saturday was Nation Pretzel Day… shucks I missed it! Ah well, National Doughnut Month should be coming up soon! πŸ™‚

*This post is not sponsored, nor have I received anything for posting this, just the satisfaction of knowing that some of you may enjoy this information that I discovered for you! πŸ™‚

Easy Meal Share – I purchased & tried Kraft Fresh Takes – yummy!


Southwest 3 Cheese Recipe of Kraft Brands Product Fresh Take the package

I there friends, what an easy meal for my hubby and I, a while back a neighbor told me all about Kraft Fresh Takes (in the refrigerator section at the grocery store) and I just had to try it. I told my husband all about it and so we sought out the product to purchase and try at home.

We had defrosted from pork chops from our freezer, for using with this, we decided to try the “Southwestern 3 Cheese Recipe” that night.

Southwest 3 Cheese Recipe of Kraft Brands Product Fresh Take inside the package two sections and instructions.

Looking at the back for the package I was worried at first that their were not any instructions, the instructions were found on the ziplock enclosed bag.Β  I preheated the oven and used my spray oil on a cookie sheet.

The package comes with 2 sections, one with the cheesy ingredients (gosh I have a real craving for cheese sometimes, perhaps it is because I was born in Wisconsin) and the other is the breading and seasoning mix.

Southwest 3 Cheese Recipe of Kraft Brands Product Fresh Take inside the package opened showing cheese and bread seasonins sections.

You then open up the middle of the ziplock bag, pulling it apart to mix the dry bread and seasoning ingredients with the cheese. Now I took the pork chops one at a time and placed them in the bag and gave them a good shake… previous to placing them in I did put a quick rinse on the pork chops to help the ingredients stick well.

After all the chops were coated, I followed the instructions and placed the spare topping on top of the chops. I baked them in the over for the time as directed and used my electronic probe thermometer to test the temp to make sure the pork was up to 160 degrees… all was well, the timing with my oven was right.

Southwest 3 Cheese Recipe of Kraft Brands Product Fresh Take the finished product on plate pork chop,with mashed cauliflower (side salad not show)

I have to say that the pork chops were very easy to make and delicious to eat, we simply love this product here at my house. I thought I should share a quick review of this self purchased product with you all… if you love the ease of shake and bake, and the flavor of cheese, I don’t think you can go wrong with this product. We served this with the Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” recipe from South Beach Diet (we love this more than actual mashed potatoes) and a side salad… I wish I pictured the whole meal back then but I did not.

I Mariah, reviewed this product, I am not affiliated with Kraft and I was not compensated for this review in any way, I purchase this myself. All pictures enclosed are my own.