{Tuesday Tips} How to Boil Eggs Perfectly

This detour through the kitchen to actually cook is due to Pinterest.  {blame the internet for this one folks, LOL}

If I had never seen this Pin, I would have never thought twice about what my boiled eggs looked like.

Of course… after seeing that you could get a boiled egg with ONLY a yellow center… I had to try it out and see if this non-cook could succeed in creating ‘the perfect egg’.

And you know what???  It worked!!!!

I just followed the steps that Ashley outlines in detail at ‘It’s Fitting’ to cook these eggs in her ‘stupid proof’ way.  Now onto the proof that I actually cooked the perfect eggs…

Eggs on stove at medium heat until boiling. 

When boiling move to cold burner, and sit for 10 minutes.

Then put into ice/cold water bath for 5 minutes.

And presto…

~ The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg ~

{Here is where I party!}

How to keep your toddler happy… while cutting fruit.

Challenge: Cut fresh fruit for Family Dinner without ‘losing’ the fresh fruit to the ‘starving’ toddler that just had lunch.

Solution: cut strawberries as normal, then skinny cut the flesh from around the green leaves.  Place in mini bowl so that it appears to be a huge amount amount {a key when dealing with toddlers}. 

I was very surprised with how much ripe ‘flesh’ I was able to give to Ms. E.  She was very happy with her Strawberries, and even helped me dispose of the leaves without trying to eat them {after tasting the first one of course, LOL}.

The ‘recipe’:

4 cups Black Seedless Grapes

4 cups Green Seedless Grapes

1 pint sliced Strawberries

Cut the strawberries into slices rather than chunks to create a more dramatic look.  Slices seem to show-up better against the grapes, while chunks become the same size as the grapes and loss their visual impact.

To keep this salad chilly after putting it on the table {or if you are transporting it in a warm car} freeze 2 to 4 cups of the grapes and put these in your serving bowl before placing the other fruit on top.  The grapes won’t freeze ‘hard’, and will help keep the other fruit on the cool side.  Which will make this refreshing fruit salad that much more delicious on a warm/hot day.  Enjoy!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Mixing drinks at home. {Tuesday Tip}

I love the convenience of having juice concentrate in the freezer.  What I don’t like is trying to get it ready to drink with a thirsty toddler watching every move.


Which is why I adore my Pampered Chef quick-stir pitcher!  This particular pitcher has been in service with our family for 5 years.  I ordered it from the clearance section the fall after Mr. SD and I were married.  Got a great deal on it since it was Pampered Chef’s summer color.  Which just happens to be our kitchen color; Blue.  This one is a gallon, but they also have a version that is half this size at two quarts.  I have both sizes, but the two quart size is living at my mom’s currently.


Here it is after making Grape Juice.


Just grab the frozen concentrate out of the freezer.  Use a knife to get the concentrate out of the cylinder if you need to.  I always mix in an extra ‘can’ of water for each ‘can’ of concentrate.  If you don’t tell anyone they won’t know you ‘watered’ it down.  Then ‘quick-stir’ it several times, and watch the water and juice swirl.  Pour into waiting sippy cup and enjoy.


Here is what the quick stir ‘paddle’ looks like.



Even after smashing frozen concentrate over the last several years, there are no cracks and the bottom is still as stable as when it was new {and never abused}.  It comes clean easily.  And even grape juice has not left any lasting color on any parts of the pitcher.  The spout has three options; Closed, Strain, and Open.


PS ~ if the spout is open and a toddler is ‘helping’ you get the juice out of the fridge… make sure you keep the pitcher level.  Otherwise your floor will be getting an impromptu cleaning.



Yes, I know this first hand after Ms. E ‘helped’ Big Bro with the juice.  She also helped with the clean-up, LOL!


So, my tip is to buy a quality drink mixer if mix any amount of frozen concentrate at your house.  It is one tool that will really help you out, and you won’t be able to remember how you did it before!
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!
PS ~ I do not currently have any affiliation with Pampered Chef.  I was ‘consultant’ briefly over four years ago.  Now I am just a loyal customer that lovers/adores their products.  This is one that I love and think everyone should have in their kitchen.
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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!


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