Monday, June 23, 2014

Bacon Stuffed Jalapenos w/ A Twist

A few months back I posted this recipe for jalapeno poppers. For the past two weeks I have been 100% meat free as when I would eat meat occasionally i would get stomach and digestive issues. I have been able to eat fish easily, since it was over my two weeks we decided to try bacon in a small amount and see how I reacted. But to put a spin on these already delicious poppers we added shrimp on top! Matt wanted the heads left on his, but I was a little weary since all the gunk in the head and the spike on the head. Plus, the smaller guys heads kept falling off so I scooped those up for myself.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Quick Keto Snack-Rollercoasters

Our local HEB always has sales on deli meat and cheese (huge score!). Since I don't do bread what other awesome wrap could I make? Well this being Matt's idea he introduced me to "roller-coaster", why the name? I don't know and neither does he, Regardless they are yummy. To make these quick little high protein snacks follow below!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Quick Kitchen Hack-easy way to separate an egg

Whilst making Caesar dressing last night, we needed an yolk (as normally needed). After doing the usual separate the white from the yolk using the shell we still were not sure if all the white had been separated. So we grabbed a citrus squeezer and put the egg in it! After a minute or so of letting it sit (and a little jiggling) the white was gone and all we had was the yolk! We will definitely need to remember this BEFORE making a mess with the shells. I think you made even be able to use this method will more than just one egg!!! Homemade Mayo, here I come! Hope you find this useful as well!

Quick Kitchen Hack-easy way to separate and egg

Eggless Overnight Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How To Paint Your RAM Heat Spreaders In 7 Easy Steps

What are RAM Heat Spreaders?
Exactly what they sound like. They literally help to SPREAD the heat away from the RAM modules to ensure not only that your computer parts don't melt or fry but to also keep things running and functioning smoothly.  

Does painting the Heat Spreaders affect heat conduction?
Probably, but heat dissipation on RAM modules is not as important as you would think. 

Why do it?
Why not? Okay well maybe a little bit more than that. Matt decided to paint his red because, well, everything else in his build is red. Mainly aesthetics really. Okay, only aesthetics. 

What is needed?
Your RAM (duh), isopropyl alcohol at least 92%, spray paint, double sided tape, cotton balls, containers, cardboard box or plastic sheets, flat head screwdriver, scissors, patience. 

How is it done?
Carefully and with time. All in all it took a total of maybe 2 hours. Most of that was time spent to make sure all the parts were dry before moving on to the next step or soaking to make sure no gunk was left on. The written steps are below and below them there is a video tutorial on how it is done, if you are more of a visual learner.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

200TH POST!!!

Was it a coincidence that we did a huge change up right at our 200th post! YES! Funny how things work out sometimes. So welcome to....

needs a little work right?

We are updating everything too! Just so you don't have to go check out our new about page I will give you all an overview here.
So here is the down low. As many of you know from my post last month, Matt quit is phone sales job and has gotten really into programming and gaming. I stuck with my WAH job but really just got tired and run down, (don't worry I will post my full six month experience in a later post). After about my 10th breakdown we had a serious talk about what we should do financially and for our future. Our finances are actually really well right now so, together, we decided to see what we could as a couple that we both enjoyed but could also become a career in the future. We know we won't have something instantly but something to works towards and switching the blog is helping us do that! This is really just a way to get our ventures out in the open and for readers to be entertained by our endeavors, as well as get a few tips and ideas along the way. 

What to expect:
-Continued recipes (obviously, we know where we came from). 
-Frugal living; grocery shopping, DIY, BIY, and more!
-Entertainment; game reviews, movie reviews, local activities (Austin Metro to the Houston Metro mainly) and more!
-Healthy living; costs, food politics, allergens, fitness, and more!
-IT; computer parts reviews, how tos, and more!
-Reviews on whatever (suggestions always welcome!)
-VIDEOS!!! Yes we will be posting videos, FINALLY!
-....AND MORE 
We are trying to move into more of a lifestyle blog instead of just niche. Life is full of everything so we are going to try cover everything. 

Considering that the blog is still in transition we will be posting, however from one to the next the look may change. We will also have a few different places to follow us on and there will be a contact page all by itself! Any and all criticism is encouraged and ideas wanted (but please be nice). Welcome to our new home, make yourself comfy!

-Matt and Samantha-

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cream of Celery Soup

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Cream of Celery Soup by Custom Taste
In the slow cooker is right and so much better than that canned "soup" stuff. Sorry Campbell's it is just the hard truth. Low sodium, I am talking like ZERO here...okay fine like 0.01 grams per serving. You guys caught me. However the kicker  is it also has mushrooms! So it is like this great mix of celery and mushroom cream of soup that is easy, healthy (always) and homemade. Also takes no time on your part, you let your slow cooker handle the heavy lifting, er, cooking and you get to relax and do whatever. Wooty woo! Eat it alone or use it in recipe that calls for cream of soup! Or get super creative and turn it into a pasta sauce! So versatile I think it might make your head spin. Maybe an exaggeration, but you all get the idea.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Rich and Healthy Warm Pasta Salad

So this is going to be a quick and dirty recipe post for you all, we have been busy and my current WAH job...well, that  is a whole other issue. This is a recipe to make now and pretty much all the time!Cold days and pasta salad don't usually mix, but here is a way to get the light and fresh taste of a summer pasta salad but with the warmth of a regular pasta for the everlasting winter that has gripped the ATX. In fact we have made this a few times since

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Spending Free/ Cleaning out the pantry Month in review (finally)

Since it the beginning of the year Mr. CT and myself decided that this would be a great time to do a spending freeze...for a whole month! Not only will we be saving money, from not spending money, we will also be cleaning out our pantry. The purpose of cleaning out our pantry is so we can make February our get healthy month! Will we keep up with giving month's certain goals? Maybe! I know I would like to, better to just take things slow however. Our spending freeze month actually began on January the 6th. The day before we took a quick and cheap trip to the grocery store so we could do 2 days of juicing as well as get any easy staples before starting the freeze. Of course we are paying bills but anything beyond that we have stopped. Almost like our bank account was frozen. If do need anything we have to scrounge up change (see clean out car) or sell something (see de-clutter the house).You can find out all about our juicing expericne (Day 1 and Day 2) however here is the reason we cut it short. We could not drink enough to get the calories we needed. I don't know it jus thte sheer amount of micro nutrients and liquids was far too much or what but calorie intake was way too low. Maybe more planning was needed, maybe it just did not work for us. Regardless it was a great expereince. On our "breaking day" I had

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Juicing Day 2

Juicing day 2! (↑ as if the title did not give it away or anything) Yes this was well over a month ago, but how long is too long before these "catch-up" posts just become ridiculous? I have no idea. The most annoying part of this juicing adventure is cleaning our danged juicer, every.single.time. It is an old juicer w/ like a bazillion parts! (okay only like 8...but still far too many). One part isn't even functional, just decorative! It, somehow, still manages to get dirty grrr.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Juicing- Day 1

Like I said in my post yesterday we did a juice cleanse in the beginning of January, well here is day one! Unfortunately I only got my pictures while Matt did not. But I do have the recipes as well! For the frist day I was not hungry I was actually uncomfortably full each "meal". As for those onions and jalapenos we got, well this day you can find out about how well the onions went over (hint: not well). We juiced our juice ten minutes before consuming (took about 10 minutes to chill to how I liked it) I have seen that you can juice up to 24 hours before you drink the juice and before the nutrients start to lose their healthy value. However, since I work from home and Hubby is taking a sabbatical (more on that to come). We did our juicing when we planned to drink it to get the full effect.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Getting ready to juice.-Long overdue

So I meant to post this over a month ago but time and a few major changes got away from me, now that things have calmed down an immense amount the next few posts will be about before we juiced, during and after! Enjoy!

Another blogger (My Healthy Chef) I follow, who I also went to college with AND was a sorority sister, did a juice cleanse in December and really got me thinking and planning about getting back into a healthy lifestyle. Mr. CT and I have not be crazy unhealthy, but winter and the holidays make us a bit lazy. So we decided that on Jan 6th we are going to start getting healthy again.  We are looking to start a family this year so starting a change in January was the perfect opportunity. We can start with the New Year and continue from there. Why the 6th through? Mr. CT is taking a break from work so he can focus on starting his own business or getting into programming and possibly start some classes so he can find a career he enjoys instead of just one to make money. With me working from home we figured why not (plus it is a Monday)!? We save money from not always having to leave, it will also be easier to get healthy since we won't be driving past restaurants or getting something quick because we forgot lunch at home. It also gives an opportunity to spend more time together and get on a better schedule so when Mr. CT gets back into the job world, or his business starts to take off, we won't have to scramble or worry about anything but the business.

I also got a new fancy photo app for  my phone. :D

Monday, January 13, 2014

Oven "Fried" Chili Chicken

Oven "Fried" Chili Chicken by Custom Taste
If your home is anything like ours then you probably keep some form of frozen meat/non-meat in your pantry. For us, we keep chicken breasts. We buy them in a bag from our local HEB and keep them in our freezer. They honestly do not take that long to defrost so that makes them easy to prepare as well as we always have something to throw in the oven for dinner. I came up with this recipe mainly because I was craving something savory, crunchy and was really wanting something fried. What is better than fried? Oven baked! What is better than batter breading? Nuts! Okay, maybe those two thing are actually "better" but they are darn close and a whole lot less messy. No dredging through egg and flour. No breading fingers. No oily mess. No crazy clean-up! It is also low-carb but super protein filled so very friendly to any low-carb or gluten free dieters out there.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Baked and Buttered Acorn Squash

Baked and Buttered Acorn Squash by Custom Taste
With it being fall/winter squash has been on sale and the deals have been great! So, of course, we took full advantage of the season. The best thing about squash is that it is best when prepared in the most basic ways. Whenever we cook squash we do the bare minimum, usually some sort of fat and seasoning. Since acorn squash is already pretty sweet we paired it with molasses. You can also use syrup or brown sugar if molasses is not in the cupboard. Very little labour and almost no clean up this dish can be prepared and thrown in the oven with no attention, that way you can focus on other things while dinner (or dessert) bakes away to perfection.