Friday, August 31, 2012

***Lemi Shine WINNER!!*** has generated a winner, so without further adieu...

Congratulations to commenter #1, Kamille, who said, "I have never tried those products before, but would LOVE too!! Anything Christine says is good must be worth a try :). " Thanks, Kamille! Drop me a message so I can tell you how to claim your prize. Let me know how you like your Lemi Shine!! (And I'm sure you will!) 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Lemi Shine Review and GIVEAWAY!

Back in April, I wrote this post about Lemi Shine and my accidental discovery that it cleans more than just dishes. I wrote it completely on my own because I was excited about the discovery. The people at Lemi Shine discovered my blog post and featured it on their Facebook page. That was like icing on the cake to me!

Recently, Lemi Shine sent me this package of free products--a full size Lemi Shine Original, a full size Lemi Shine Rinse, a full size Lemi Shine machine cleaner, and a Lemi Shine reusable tote. The deal is that I review their products here on my blog. (I freely admit they didn't need to twist my arm).

I still think Lemi Shine Original is the best thing EVER for your dishwasher. My dishes don't get clean without it. As I said in my earlier post, it also cleans hard water scale off my kitchen faucet handles, around the stone counter, and off of my bathroom sinks. I still use it to shine my stainless steel sink, and since that earlier post I have also used it to clean my stainless pots and pans when there is something baked on--it really works perfectly, and they shine like new afterwards.

I have been using the Lemi Shine Rinse in my dishwasher as well with great results. I think it does help to control the hard water problem that we have here, and my dishwasher (stainless) is looking new on the inside. The outside? Don't ask....too many fingerprints, etc. right now! (Lemi Shine, how bout a cream that can safely clean the outside of my stainless appliances?)

After Lemi Shine sent me the machine cleaner, I took two of the three packets and ran them through my washing machine. It's had a tendency to smell musty inside, but after the Lemi Shine treatment, there was no more musty smell. It smelled like....nothing. Which is probably how it should smell.

*******Now for the best part!! The GIVEAWAY!*******
Lemi Shine will send one winner the exact same package that I received, pictured above, with the three Lemi Shine products in full size and a reusable tote. YOU REALLY WANT TO WIN THIS--and here's how. Simply leave a comment telling me whether you've used Lemi Shine, and if you have, your favorite use for it. You have until Thursday, August 30th at midnight to enter. A winner will be selected randomly from all comments and posted on Friday afternoon.

Good Luck!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake

This is the best, most chocolatey, moist zucchini cake you will bake. So good!

Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake
adapted from

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
2 1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon
1 1/2 cubes butter, softened
2 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 t. vanilla
2 c. shredded zucchini
2/3 c. milk
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a bundt pan well with baking spray; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside. In mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add vanilla and zucchini; combine. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk, starting and ending with the flour mixture. (Mix on low and do not over beat.) Add the chocolate chips with the last of the flour mixture. Pour into bundt pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack, then turn the cake out onto a serving plate and cool completely. Frost if desired--but I don't think it needs it.

Eight is Great--part 2

Libby turned 8 back in July, and I wrote about her birthday fun in Eight is Great. There's a big reason why eight is great, and I'm going to tell you why. Some of you already know this, but others probably don't, so I will explain.

Mormons believe that little children (under age 8) do not need baptism because they are not capable of real sin. The reason for this makes plenty of sense to me. Have you ever held a newborn baby and just marveled at how tiny, beautiful, and perfect they are? It's true. They are perfect. They are not capable of understanding right from wrong until they are older and have been taught. How could a newborn baby or an infant or a little toddler possibly go to hell if they die, just because they haven't been baptized? They haven't sinned, and have no need of baptism.

You might ask then why was Jesus baptized? Simple. His mission was to be the supreme example for the rest of us. He was baptized to show us the way, not because he had sinned. Baptism is the way we enter in to the strait and narrow way, and how could we follow Jesus into the way if he were not baptized himself?

We believe that once children reach 8, they are beginning to have a good grasp of right and wrong and are accountable for their sins, so it is a good time for them to be baptized and continue in the right way.

So eight is great because Libby got to be baptized, and as you can see, she was very excited about it. Happy Baptism, Libby!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Promising New Type 1 Diabetes Treatment?

I just read this story on MSN Healthy Living and I had to share. It may or may not be promising (and of course I hope it is!) but I found it very interesting and thought some of you might also find it interesting. Go here to read all about it.

Friday, August 3, 2012

What is happiness?

 Happiness is relaxing and reading in the mountains on our family camping trip.

 Happiness is finding the smallest wildflower, I'm thinking pretty much ever.

Happiness is cooking in dutch ovens: Cherry Cobbler, Barbecued Chicken, and Dutch Oven Potatoes. Not all in the same dutch oven, of course.

Happiness is being able to have a campfire. It's been so dry, we weren't sure if we'd be able to!

 Happiness is sporting camping hair and makeup. Yeah, pretty effortless. And it shows.

 Happiness is sharing a Daddy with his girls.

 Happiness is then having him all to myself.

Happiness is spending unconnected (as in no WiFi, no phones, no tv, no texting....) quality time with six awesome kids who all love to camp!