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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Meals To Go {Tuesday Tip}

What is the hardest part of eating right?

Making the right decision on the go.  To help me get out the door in the morning with a healthy lunch this is what I do.

First I buy the precooked, pre seasoned chicken breasts available at HEB {TX Grocery Chain}.  The cost is under $1.50, and the are 120 {or} calories.  Plus they taste great!  Better than the chicken breasts that I purchased raw and cooked.  At the same time I buy a gigantic bag of frozen peas.

When I get home… I split up the chicken breasts and place them in sandwich size zip-lock bags.  I have been using regular storage bags for this, not freezer bags.  Since there are only 6-7 chicken breasts per bag I figure the danger of freeze bite isn’t worth the extra cost of the freezer bags.  Next, I divide up the peas by placing one cup in a zip-lock bag {also sandwich size}.  All of these bags go in the freezer.

When I am rushing out the door in the morning, all I have to do is grab one of each, and I have a balanced, portion controlled lunch.  Normally I grab a yogurt for my morning snack as well.

Hope this helps you see how easy ‘pre-planning’ your lunches can be!  Pre-planning is definitely not just for the kiddos’ lunches anymore.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Using Dots on Clothes {Tuesday Tip}

Do you struggle when sorting the laundry?  I hate when I get everything put away {or someone is putting away what I just sorted}, and clothes start coming back as ‘not mine’.

That defines my idea of mommy frustration.

After ready about how Amy over at The Idea Room uses dots on her children’s clothes, it clicked with me.

I haven’t started using dots on Ms. E and Ms. V’s clothes yet.  I figure when they are outgrowing them in less than a few months it isn’t worth it.  Plus… it is pretty easy to see the size differences between 2 T and under 1 year, LOL!

I have been using the dot system on Mr. SD’s work jeans.  He works in HVAC, meaning that he makes sure your office/workplace is nice and cool.  And boy does he go through jeans!  {very useful in building my scrap denim bin}

To help me keep staright which jeans are ‘good’ church going jeans, the work horses, and the around home jeans I use dots on the right pocket in a black sharpie.  Easy to find and easy to add more dots as the jeans go down the food chain.  Each step bringing them closer to my ruler and rotary cutter.

One Dot = Good Jeans

Two Dots = Work Jeans

Three Dots = not fit to be seen in public, but not yet scraps

The dots work much better than writing ‘good’ and then crossing it out did.

For the girls;

Ms. E = one dot; when she outgrows something I just add another dot, and…

Two dots = Ms. V.

This certainly works for me, and I hope that it may help make your life easier too!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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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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