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Crochet Washcloth Weve Tried It

How to Crochet a Cotton Washcloth Video

Crochet Washcloth Weve Tried It

Our latest crocheting project is 100% cotton washcloths that are super easy to make. We have already started making gifts for next Christmas.

You will need 100% cotton yarn – we used Peaches & Creme brand, an I hook 5.00 mm, scissors and a yarn needle. For our washcloths we wanted them a bit longer so we went with 22 rows. You are free to make them as short or long as you would like.

Have fun and if you decided to crochet a washcloth please take a photo and post it on Weve Tried It Facebook page.

Don’t forget to share this video with your crocheting friends!

Chicken Fried Chicken Recipe

Chicken Fried Chicken Recipe

Chicken Fried Chicken Recipe

When I think of comfort food, chicken fried chicken is right at the top of my list. We served ours with pan gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans. Perfection!

We found the recipe on The Two Bite Club blog but switched it up a bit since they were only serving two. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.

Ingredients:

5 large chicken breasts
salt and pepper
2 cups flour
1/2 cup flour for the gravy
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 egg
1 cup milk plus
2 cups milk for the gravy
canola oil for frying

Pound out your chicken breasts between two pieces of saran wrap with a meat tenderizer until they are about 1/4 inch thick. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.

Pounding out Chicken

In a bowl combine flour, garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and cayenne pepper. In a second bowl combine the milk and egg.  Beat the egg with a fork or whisk until it’s completely mixed with the milk.

Chicken batter

Dip your chicken into the wet mixture, then the dry mixture, and repeat again with the wet mixture then the dry mixture.  The pieces should be dipped four times in each mixture.

Heat the canola oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.  Use enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, but not completely cover the chicken once added.  Be sure it’s hot before adding the chicken.  Fry the chicken in batches for about 4 minutes per side.  When you flip it, the coating should be golden and crispy.

Chicken Fried Chicken

The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165°. Once chicken is done, pour off the oil into a measuring cup. Keep as many of the brown chicken bits in the pan as you can.  Put 1/4 cup of the oil back into the pan and add 1/3 cup flour, whisking to make a roux.  Continue whisking the oil/flour mixture, scraping the brown bits up and continue cooking until the roux is a nice golden brown color.

Chicken Gravy

Slowly adding the milk into the roux, whisk constantly until all of the milk has been combined.  You can add additional milk if needed until the gravy is the consistency that you like.  Then season using lots of pepper and salt to taste. If you don’t add enough salt and pepper your gravy will be extremely bland.

We served our chicken fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans. If you have a recipe that you would like us to try please comment below.

 

Weve Tried It DIY Favorite 2014

Weve Tried It Favorite DIY Projects of 2014

Weve Tried It DIY Favorite 2014

It’s been a great year! Since starting Weve Tried It  in April of this year we have tried many DIY projects, some turned out great and some not so good. At the start of this blog we were not crafty at all and now we are loving the DIY lifestyle.

Here are a few of our favorite DIY projects from 2014:

Chalkboard-art

DIY Chalkboard Wall Calendar

homemade-soap

Homemade Laundry Detergent

How to Finger Crochet Weve Tried It

Easy Finger Crochet/Knitting Infinity Scarf Video

Crochet Headbands

How to Crochet Headbands with Buttons Video

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How to Make a No Sew Scarf Video

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How to Create a Simple and Affordable Centerpiece

Glitter Christmas Ornaments

How to Make Glitter Ornaments Using Floor Cleaner

We are always looking for fun DIY projects. If you have something you think we should try please leave us a comment or send us an email.

2014 Favorite Products Weve Tried It

Weve Tried It Favorite Products 2014

2014 Favorite Products Weve Tried It

We have been having a great time reviewing products this year! We put together a list of our favorite products for 2014. If the products made our list that means that we use them all the time and that they come highly recommended by Weve Tried It!

Nads Nose Wax

Nad’s Nose Wax for Men and Women

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As Seen on TV Chop Magic

Makeup Eraser Weve Tried It Review

The Original Makeup Eraser

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Aroma Dot Diffuser

Tria

Tria Hair Removal Laser

Potato Express

As Seen on TV Potato Express

Gigis Gourmet Caramel Sauce Flavors

Gigi’s Gourmet Caramel Sauce

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Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill

If you follow Weve Tried It on Facebook then you know that we highly recommend Bar Keepers Friend and Quick Shine Floor Cleaner as our favorite cleaning products.

Do you have a product that you think we should try? Leave us a comment below!

 

Top 2014 Recipes Weve Tried It

Weve Tried It 2014 Top 10 Favorites Recipes

Top 2014 Recipes Weve Tried It

In 2014 Shirley, Phatphood and I made a lot of fabulous recipes! We decided to put together a list of our ‘Top 10 2014 Recipes.’ We should mention that if you are into clean eating be sure to bookmark our site because we are going to focus our recipe posts on healthy eating for 2015.

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes WTI

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

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Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

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Beer Can Chicken

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Cheesy Hash Brown and Ham Soup

Donuts

Pillsbury Grands Biscuit Doughnuts

Elotes

Elotes Mexican Corn on the Cob

Yum-Yum-Sauce-Recipe

Yum Yum Sauce

Chicken-Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Jalapeno Poppers

Black bean salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Cheeseburger-Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

Thank you for following Weve Tried It on our first year of blogging, we have been having a great time! Please let us know what you would like to see in 2015!

Gigis Gourmet Bacon Caramel Sauce

Gigi’s Gourmet Caramel Sauce Review

Gigis Gourmet Caramel Sauce Flavors

Caramel. That word alone brings a smile to my face. Add the word ‘homemade’ and I get a little giddy.

My good friend Andrea Wilde started experimenting a few years back with making homemade caramel and today she has a thriving business along with her friend Britton Riley.

Gigi’s Gourmet Caramel Sauces are out of this world. Last month I was sent a package of all of their current flavors to sample. I got out a spoon immediately and tried each one. Sooooo good!

Phatphood also received a package from Gigi’s Gourmet and his response says it all, “That caramel is delicate flowing heaven in a jar.”

Caramel Cheese Cake

After getting over my sugar high, I asked the ladies to tell me more about their product and how I could share them with the world….

Gigi’s started two years ago when Andrea started experimenting with bacon desserts and came up with the bacon caramel sauce. She came up with several more flavors and launched under the name Gigi’s Gourmet because Gigi is what her grandson calls her.

Gigis Gourmet Bacon Caramel Sauce

Britton and Andrea have been friends for several years and are both foodies who love to be in the kitchen. They talked about partnering and launching in Tampa for the farmers market season which runs from October through May. They had their first event November 1 and things took off very quickly. They plan to have everything in place to launch in retail stores by February.

They have five signature flavors – classic, sea salt, vanilla bean bourbon, cinnamon butter rum, and bacon. They also offer seasonal flavors. Their fall flavor was Harvest Spice, and currently have Gingerbread, in January they’ll have ghost pepper, and are working on chocolate caramel sauce for February.

Gigis Ghost pepper

The caramel sauce is shelf stable and is currently undergoing shelf life testing which is done in real time. It is good for up to 3 months (so far) and should be refrigerated after opening.

Gigi’s Gourmet website should be completed in January. In the meantime, anyone interested in purchasing can contact them directly through their website or Facebook.

This is a perfect gift for the foodies in your life. Be sure to like Gigi’s FB – they post recipe ideas as well.

Yes to Carrots

Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief Regimen Review

Yes to Carrots

I don’t know about you but in the fall/winter I get a dry scalp. After trying various dandruff shampoos over the years, recently I found Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief Shampoo and Conditioner at my local Walgreens and decided to give it a try.

The Yes brand touts that it is best for those who suffer from a dry scalp. The products are pH balanced and combine Tea Tree and lemon to protect your scalp from further irritation. While the salicylic acid reduces unsightly flaking.

Cypress oils are light moisturizing oils that won’t weigh your hair down. And the carrots, yes carrots help heal your already dry scalp as well as stimulate healthy hair.

Yes is 99% natural, petroleum, sls, Paraben free and cruelty free. This is clinically proven to soothe your dry, itchy, flaky scalp within just 7 days.

I am only a few days in and I can tell you that my constant itching is gone and the flakes are pretty much nonexistent. I am sold! I seriously feel so much relief.

My hair didn’t feel weighted down and I was able to style as usual with the same results. We say YES to Yes To Carrots Scalp Relief!

Makeup Eraser Weve Tried It Review

The Original Makeup Eraser Review

Makeup Eraser Weve Tried It Review

The original Makeup Eraser removes your makeup with just water! Removes waterproof mascara in seconds, all natural, no chemicals, machine washable, and more – we put it to the test!

Unless we have a party or a special meeting we generally don’t wear makeup. I can tell you that when I do wear makeup my least favorite part is taking off the makeup with chemicals and smelly products. So, when Gina Williamson contacted Weve Tried It about trying out the Makeup Eraser we were excited and hopeful!

The washcloth is so plush, I wish it was a blanket. One side has a shorter nap that you use with warm water to remove your make up and the other side has a longer nap that you use for exfoliating after you have removed your makeup. Check out our video review below.

Makeup Eraser

Another BIG bonus to this product is that it will last for 1000 washes. That means for 3 years you won’t have to buy any makeup remover – that is some serious savings!

You can purchase the Makeup Eraser Here

This is one of those products that we can’t say enough good things about. My 14 year old child has sensitive skin and we have a hard time finding face cleaner that isn’t going to cause irritation. She is loving the Makeup Eraser. We are buying these as Christmas gifts – the gift that keeps on giving.

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Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill Review

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Grilling inside is a must during the long winter months in Wisconsin if you are anything like us and don’t enjoy shoveling the snow off your deck. Receiving the Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill from Velata consultant Rheda Wilson-Duff we were thrilled at the thought of a grilling alternative!

The Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill comes with a cast aluminum grill top, a granite stone top grill, 8 raclette dishes, 8 spatulas and a convenient carrying bag. The granite stone top can also be placed in the freezer and used to make cold stone ice cream, can’t wait to try that.

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The Raclette Grill package is priced at $140.00 which is quite a bargain for everything you get. Along with the grill, Rheda also sent us 4 of their spices, chocolate sauce & cheese sauce to try out.

For our first test we treated our families to a delicious steak and veggie dinner using the granite stone top that is included in the set. The second test came when we made breakfast using the aluminum grill top for french toast, sausage and hash browns. Both cook tops worked great and our meals were fabulous!

The set up was super easy and we were ready to cook in just a couple of minutes. The granite top heated up pretty quick and our steak bites and veggies were cooked to perfection. I was worried we were going to get smoked out of the house, but there was none.

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For dessert we had strawberries and pretzels dipped in the delicious Belgium chocolate. Wow was that good. We recommend you keep an eye on the chocolate, we burnt our first batch.

The only thing that was not included that I would have liked to see is a recipe or meal idea book. Having some suggestions and cooking guidelines is always helpful. We found recipes here and on YouTube.

The Raclette Table Top Grill is going to make our winter’s a little more bearable knowing we can still have delicious grilled food from the warmth of our kitchen’s. This really seems like a great gift idea for those hard to shop for family members.

Velata’s description: “Create memorable meals or parties with the Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill. Borrowing a centuries-old Swiss tradition, the Velata Raclette is an easy-to-use appliance that allows you to cook delicious meals at the table.

The Velata Raclette Tabletop Grill includes 2 grill tops to give you the perfect surface to cook meats, fish, vegetables, or any grillable food. The 100% natural granite stone top triples as a pizza stone, a cold stone, and an elegant serving tray. And the non-stick cast aluminum grill top features a ridged grill on one side and a smooth griddle surface on the other.

While your meat or veggies cook on the grill, your cheese melts perfectly in the dish for a culinary match made in heaven! Share this fun, interactive experience with your loved ones and enjoy more engaging meals together. Bon appétit!”

You Can Purchase the Velata Here

Thanks again Rheda! We highly recommend the Racletta to everyone, this is for sure something we will use often.

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of spending time with our loved ones, giving thanks and enjoying a delicious meal.

Here are a few sides dishes and dessert recipes that we tested out, we hope that you enjoy them as much as we did.

Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Whipped Candied Sweet Potatoes

Broccoli wild rice casserole

Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole

candied walnuts recipe WTI

Candied Walnuts

Chocolate Nutty Candy

Chocolate Nutty Candy

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Pumpkin Poke Cake

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Chicken Pot Pie (switch out for turkey)

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Thai Spiced Deviled Eggs