Welcome Summer

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3 OpenView 037_141-Tanda-Tr_MLSSummer is here and that means it is time to come out to the lake.  You know you want to escape your busy, hectic, and chaotic lives.  It’s time to get outside, relax with friends and family, swim, jet ski, paddleboat, fish, wakeboard and just enjoy being outdoors.  The lightning bugs are waiting for children to chase them.  The yard is ready for games to be set up.  The grill is ready.  The boat is ready.  This is what life is like at Cedar Creek Lake.  We are ready to help make this dream yours.  Let’s Get Moving now.  Click here to read more.

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April 24 – Happy Pigs in the Blanket Day

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Happy National Pigs in the Blanket Day.  Are you a fan of pigs?  I remember liking them as a child.  I don’t know if I would still like them or not.  They might make a good snack to bring to our next office meeting.

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Homemade Mosquito spray

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MosquitoSprayI like experimenting with making my own products that have no chemicals in them.  I mixed up this homemade mosquito spray that sure smells better than Off.   I love essential oils so much that I became a distributor. I order oils through Young Living. You can also find oils at some health food stores.

DIY Natural Outdoor Spray

About the Ingredients

Purification essential oil is a blend of citronella, lemongrass, lavandin, rosemary, melaleuca and myrtle essential oils. Citronella is very effective in keeping bugs away. Smells very nice. Sometimes I use this oil in my diffuser to make the air around us smell clean and fresh.
Peppermint essential oil helps to keep little annoyances in the outdoors at bay.  This is my most favorite oil. It will get rid of a headache, stop hot flashes, keep bugs away and so much more.

Witch hazel helps to keep the water solution in this spray sanitized. You could omit if you plan to use the spray within a week. For use longer than a week, I would add the witch hazel.

Ingredients

  1. 10 drops of Purification (Young Living Oil)
  2. 7 drops of Peppermint
  3. 2 oz natural witch hazel (optional)
  4. Distilled water
  5. 4 oz glass spray bottle

Directions

  1. Add witch hazel and essential oils to glass spray bottle.  Then, fill with the bottle with distilled water.
  2. Shake well and spray as needed around home.  I actually spray myself with this chemical free spray.

I order my essential oils from Young Living.  I can order oils.

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A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

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Pairing wine and cheese like the pros can be anything but simple. Here are some tips on perfect pairings.

Source: A Quick Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

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What Do You Eat When Sick

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indonesiansoupWhat do you eat when you are sick?  What go to food must you have?  When I was little it was chicken noodle soup and tapioca. I didn’t realize until I was an adult, that dairy with a sensitive gut is a big no no. I was recently I’ll with the stomach bug and a sweet neighbor brought me some homemade Indonesian chicken soup which was amazing and settled my belly.

Heal Your Gut author Lee Holmes shares her recipes for what she eats when she starts feeling sick.

Source: What nutritionist Lee Holmes eats when sick | Well+Good

Let the Schwanbecks Exceed Your Expectations!

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When do You take down Christmas Decorations?

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I love decorating my home for the holidays.  My tree is filled with ornaments that my children have made while growing up, ornaments they have picked out through the years, and things I have picked up.  The only kind of themed tree it would be called is FAMILY.  I love putting up all the Santas, and lights (which we didn’t do this year).  What I don’t enjoy doing is wrapping, but it somehow gets done.  I have one room that really becomes a mess with paper, bows, boxes, and all the gifts awaiting wrapping.  On the weekend of Thanksgiving I will make our home festive, and get everything out and decorate the tree.

I equally love taking everything down an reclaiming our home.  I usually get everything down a couple of days after christmas.  It is all definitely down and put away in the attic before New Years.

In our household, for Christmas morning, there are two breakfast Must-Haves.  One is my Mothers Breakfast Casserole (egg dish) which I make the night before and let is set in the fridge.  Then there is the sweet and gooey Monkey Bread.  This year for Christmas Day dinner, we did a Mexican Fiesta buffet with homemade Enchiladas, tamales, rice, cheese dip and all the fixings.

When do you put the decorations out and when do you take them down?  What holiday traditions does your family have?

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Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

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I don’t normally post recipes, but this one sounds amazing.  My family loves eggnog during the holidays.  They also love Cheesecake – anytime.  Now if you mix the two together – I’m sure everyone will fall in love.  So, try the recipe and let me know how your family liked it.  I believe it will be a winner for my family.

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You don’t need many ingredients to make these bars. Start by making a gingersnap crust. If gingersnaps are not your favorite, you could use graham crackers or even golden sandwich cookies. Crush the cookies in a food processor and then mix in a few tablespoons of sugar and melted butter to form the crust in a 9×9 pan.

Bake the cookie crust for 12 minutes. For the cheesecake, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy. Add in sugar, eggs, eggnog, flour, rum extract, vanilla, salt and nutmeg. Mix until smooth and pour over crust. Take the pan and place in a larger pan. Fill the larger pan with hot water enough to come halfway up the sides of the baking pan. Bake 40-45 minutes until cheesecake is set and then cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate the cheesecake bars for at least three hours before serving. You can store these in the refrigerator for up to five days. I like to dust mine with nutmeg before serving and a dollop of whipped cream would also be delicious.

Eggnog Cheesecake Bars

Creamy rich eggnog cheesecake with a spicy gingersnap cookie crust.

ingredients:

CRUST

  • 1 1/2 cups gingersnap crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

CHEESECAKE

  • 2 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup eggnog
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 tablespoons rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix gingersnap crumbs, 3 tablespoon of sugar and melted butter in a bowl.
  3. Press the mixture in a 9×9 baking pan forming a crust. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
  4. With a mixer, beat cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy.
  5. Add ¾ cup sugar, eggs, egg yolk, eggnog, flour, rum extract, vanilla extract, nutmeg and salt. Mix until smooth.
  6. Pour cheesecake filling over crust.
  7. Put the baking pan in a larger pan and add enough hot water to come halfway up the baking pan.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until set.
  9. Remove cheesecake pan from water and cool on wire rack for approximately 30 minutes.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours until serving. Dust with ground nutmeg.

Thank you Stacie for sharing this recipe. Click here for her link.