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Black bean salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe

Black Bean Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe: As long as we had some fresh sweet corn laying around we thought we would make some salsa. This is our first time making black bean and corn salsa and it won’t be our last. This recipe is quick, easy and delicious.


2 Ears of Corn
1 Large Jalapeno Diced (seeded)
1/2 Bunch of Cilantro Chopped
1 Large Lime
2 Large Tomatoes (seeded)
4 Green Onions Sliced
1 – 15oz Can Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
Sea Salt and Ground Pepper

Directions: Cook your corn on the cob in the microwave with husk on (you can see the video for microwave corn on the cob here.) Once cooked rinse with cold water and cut the corn off the cob.

In a medium size bowl add chopped jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes, green onions, corn, can of black beans, squeeze lime juice over mixture and then season with sea salt and black pepper.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Serve with tortilla chips or put over a chicken breast, it’s delicious!

Corn on the Cob Weve Tried It

Microwave Corn on the Cob Video

Corn on the Cob Weve Tried It

Microwave Corn on the Cob Video: I’m sure you have heard about microwaving corn on the cob by now. We have actually done this in the past and it works great!

Gone are the days of sitting outside on the front steps shucking a big bag of corn on the cob. It doesn’t get much easier: cook your corn on the cob in the microwave (4 minutes per ear of corn.) Immediately remove from microwave, cut the stem end off and shake the ear out of the husk. Watch our video and see how easy this is:

We also tried boiling the corn in the husk on the stove top to see if that would work too and it did! If you have a different way of cooking or shucking your corn on the cob comment below and let us know.

Hair Color

Going From Platinum to Dark Brown Hair

Platinum to Brown

Going From Platinum to Dark Brown Hair: For the last year I have been platinum (my natural color is medium to dark brown.) The upkeep of platinum hair is very hard if you are someone who doesn’t like having dark roots show all the time.

I loved my platinum for a long time! Because of the frequent bleaching, my hair became damaged and broken. In fact one of the last times that I flat ironed it, I burnt it so badly it looked like I stood too close to a campfire.

Keratin products

My stylist Nan Grekoff (co-owner of Tangled Salon and Spa in Hudson, WI) brought my hair back to life with a cut and recommending the AG series of Keratin products. I am using Refuel Shampoo, Restore Conditioner, Repair Serum and Keratin Repair. I highly recommended these products to repair hair’s cuticle and reverse the signs of damage.


So now that my hair is on the mend, I decided that it was a perfect time to go back to dark. Nan used Kuene Color fill (red) to start. This step is used so that the color absorbs into the hair better and lasts longer. After applying the red she blew it dry and then applied color from the roots to the ends and processed according to the manufacturer.

Missy Before and After

I absolutely love my hair, it looks shiny and healthy! Thank you Nan and Tangled Salon & Spa.


Zip Line Tour Wilderness Resort Wisconsin Dells Review

Zipline 5

Zip Line Tour Wilderness Resort Wisconsin Dells: There is so much to do in Wisconsin Dells! Aside from hitting the water slides, zip lining was at the top of our list.

Myself, Shirley and Lilly soared through the tree tops over Lost Canyon on a tour that spans 6 towers. We watched the canyon pass below our feet as we took the plunge over 60 feet in the air. After taking the first leap our nerves settled down and we had a lot of fun.

zipline 8

We were actually more nervous standing on the shaky tower waiting for our turn, than the actual zip lining.

Our group was really fun and cheered each other on. The guides make sure you are prepared for each jump. We videoed our adventure but you really only get to see us take off and land back on the platform because of the tree cover.

Reservations are required and the cost for resort guests was $45 and the public pays $65. We had to sign a waiver before taking the tour.

Rules, Restrictions and Regulations:

Participants must weigh at least 70 pounds and no more than 270 pounds.
Participants should be in good health and free of neck or back injuries.
Participants must wear closed-toe shoes which secure at the heel. Flip flops and slides may not be worn.
Participants under 17 must have signed permission from parent or legal guardian, and the parent or legal guardian must be present at beginning and end of tour.

The tour is designed for excitement! The tour consists of 6 platform towers & 5 “zips.”  Maximum tower height – 60 feet, maximum speed – 25 MPH, canyon floor – 55 feet down and the longest run – 907 feet.

If you are in Wisconsin Dells not only do we recommend staying at the Wilderness Hotel and Golf Resort, be sure to take the Zip Line Tour – good times!


Juicing For Beginners Tips and Recipes

Juicing Weve Tried It

We decided to jump on the juicing bandwagon or at least give it a try. We tested out two different Breville Juice Fountains and made a vegetable and a fruit drink recipe.

Disclaimer before you watch the video: The first juicer used was borrowed from a friend of ours who uses it religiously and loves it. The blades were dull and it took longer than we wanted so we sped up the video a little to move the process along.

We checked out Dr. Oz’s website and he had some important things everyone should know about before juicing: Only make as much juice as you intend to consume at one time, juice that isn’t consumed right away can harbor bacteria and cause food poisoning and threaten the nutritional value of the juice.

Be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables before juicing. If your fruits have pits be sure to remove before you juice.

If you are juicing as a way to diet and lose weight, make sure you consume at least 2000 calories or more per day depending on your metabolic needs. Don’t starve yourself! It’s important that your body gets a sufficient amount of calories, vitamins, nutrients, protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Remember that you need fiber, to keep your digestive system working smoothly. You can add dissolvable fiber powder to your juices or supplement with prunes or pears.

The health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruit and vegetables are that they retain most of of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals. They help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis.

Fruit Recipe: 1 green apple, 2 grapefruit and 2 peaches. Half the peaches and remove the pits, peel the grapefruit and if the apple is too big, cut in half.

Vegetable Recipe: 3 tomatoes, 3 carrots, 1 bunch of parsley and one large cucumber. All these can be put in whole with the peels.

Let us know in the comments below what your favorite juicing recipe is.

Hair extensions bust

Hair Extensions Gone Wrong Video

Hair Extensions Gone Wrong Video: It’s just like it sounds, hair extensions gone wrong. One word of advice, when your beautician tells you that your hair isn’t long enough for extensions she’s probably right.

Those who know me, know that at times I can be impatient and pushy. Growing my hair out has been a long process and quite frankly I want long hair NOW.

I wish I would have taken more photos, but once I saw that I was going to look like Garth Algar from Wayne’s World we immediately took them out.

Moral of the story: Listen to your hair stylist!

Have you had any mishaps with your hair, where you went against what your stylist suggested to you? We want to hear about it. Leave us a comment below.

Chop Magic Review

As Seen On TV Chop Magic Review

As Seen on TV Chop Magic

As Seen On TV Chop Magic Review: Shirley can’t help herself and continues to buy from late night infomercials. This time we are going to try out the Chop Magic. Check out the video to see if we recommend this product to you.

As Seen On TV website says, “You are going to love the way Chop Magic chopper chops, minces, cubes, slices and dices in just seconds! Chopping the old fashioned way is tough and can take forever. It’s also tough work and a lot of tears. Chop Magic™ chopper is lightning fast and easy with just one pass.

With Chop Magic chopper you can chop a whole onion in just one second. The secret is in the 12 ultra-sharp stainless steel precision blades that guarantee uniform results every time. The catch container keeps your kitchen clean, and doubles as a six cup measuring container. Everything also stores neatly inside the container.”

We were very pleased with the product and the results, we will most likely use the Chop Magic all the time. I think you can see from the video that it is extremely easy to use. Think of the time you will save not having to cut up your veggies and fruit by hand.

You can purchase the Chop Magic here.

cracked feet

At Home Remedies to Heal Dry Cracked Feet

Fix Dry and Cracked Feet

At Home Remedies to Heal Dry Cracked Feet: If you suffer from dry, cracked feet we have some DIY ideas for you to try. It is important to remember that this didn’t happen overnight, so be sure to give yourself several days to get this under control.

1. We listed this remedy first because it’s seems like the easiest and it will mostly likely work like a charm. Good old petroleum jelly! Apply generously all over your feet, massaging the thick jelly between your toes, all over your heels and on top of your feet. It moisturizes your feet and seals the moisture inside your skin to promote healing. Put on pair of socks immediately after you apply, so you don’t slip. Do this before you go to bed so you can let the petroleum jelly work overnight, then rinse your feet in the morning.


2. For the cracked, rough areas on the soles of your feet, use a foot file or pumice stone after bathing or soaking your feet. This routine is very effective at keeping calluses from building up on the soles. While showering is quicker, give yourself a little relaxation once a week with a bath and then follow with this tip. Always follow up with a thick moisturizing lotion.

Foot Stone and Pumis

3. Soak your feet in lemon juice for ten minutes. Lemon juice is a mild acid that helps to dissolve dead and dry skin for easy removal. Follow with a loofah or soft foot brush to scrub your feet after you’re done soaking them. If you have any cuts you may want wait to use lemon juice until your feet have healed before trying this.

4. After bathing rub your feet down with vegetable oil, especially in the area of the cracks. After a coat good put on a pair of thick socks. A good time to do this would be before bed and then wear your socks while you sleep. Repeat this a few night in a row and you should see results.

5. A while back we did a story called: Listerine and Vinegar Foot Soak Review. We had some of our readers tell us this didn’t work for them after trying it one time. Our guess is that your feet didn’t become dry and cracked overnight. With all of these DIY remedies this isn’t a one time deal. Our recommendation is to pick a remedy and do it nightly until your feet are looking good. Then continue at least once a week to keep them looking soft and healthy. Up Keep!

Listertine foot soak pan

Realsimple.com lists the following lotions as the best foot creams on the market: Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Foot Creme, Elemis Spa At Home Treat Your Feet Foot Cream, Glytone Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream, Ahava Mineral Foot Cream, H20 Plus Hand and Foot Smoother Retexturizing Seaweed Therapy, Bliss Foot Patrol.

Tell us in the comment section below what at home remedies you do to keep your feet feeling baby soft.

Clean garbage disposal

5 Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

5 Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal: First things first, never put you hand down your garbage disposal. Your disposal should be cleaned bi-weekly and sooner if you detect an odor.

Ways to clean your garbage disposal

1.) Clean the grinder or blades with 2 cups of ice, 1 cup of rock salt or vinegar. Pour two cups of ice into the garbage disposal, followed by one-cup of salt or vinegar. Then, turn on cold water and let the disposal run for five to 10 seconds. The ice will clean off any debris off the blades, and the salt or vinegar will reduce any strong odors.

2.) Anytime you eat any kind of citrus fruit (lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit) save the peels,  a good way to freshen up your garbage disposal and leave your kitchen smelling great is to grind up a handful of citrus peels. The citric acid in the peels will not only clean the blades but it will also eliminate any odors.

3.) When putting food in your disposal add baking soda right on top, it is known for its odor absorbency.

4.) Mix 1 tablespoon bleach with 1 gallon of water. Pour in the disposal and let set for 10 minutes. Turn on the disposal and process thoroughly with cold water.

5.) Make lemon ice cubes. Slice up chunks of lemons and place them in an ice cube tray and fill with water, then freeze. Use a couple each time you want to clean your garbage disposal.

5.) Clean off any particles from the garbage disposal’s drainage system. It’s like unclogging a bathtub drain, plug the drain with a stopper, fill the entire sink with hot water and a few drips of dish detergent, and then let all the water drain with the disposal running at the same time. Gravity and the weight of water will rinse through the garbage disposal and clear out any debris in the pipe.

We want to know how you clean your garbage disposal and keep it smelling fresh. Let us know in the comment section below.

Bacon Hack

Bacon Life Hack Debunked

Bacon Life Hack Debunked: We are always intrigued by life hacks and often wonder if they really work.

This particular life hack says: Running bacon under cold water before cooking will reduce shrinking by up to 50%. Also, always cook bacon in the oven for 10 minutes at 365 degrees for maximum flavoring.

We split up a pack of bacon on two separate sheet pans and cooked them one at a time. One we just put the bacon directly on the pan and the other we ran each piece of bacon under cold water before putting on pan.

Run Bacon Under Water

In the photo above the bacon that was ran under water is on the left and without on the right. As you can see the watered down bacon was smaller and more shriveled up.

photo 3

The bacon cooked at 365 degrees for 10 minutes is in the photo above – we like crispy bacon, the bacon was still raw and fatty so we continued baking. We ended up taking the bacon out at 17 minutes – it could have stayed in 2 more minutes.

Neither of the recommendations worked. Debunked. Either way we had really tasty BLT’s for lunch, so it was a win.

In the comment section below let us know what Life Hacks you want us to test out.