The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2012-07-29

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Decluttering Command Center!

This last week was the Annual Jersey Shore Declutter Fest.  I do it every year when my family goes to the beach.  I start cleaning the second they leave and work to up the second they come home.  ... No matter how hard I work, I never finish.

Housework is a cruel mistress...  

Physically it's always an intense week; a few years ago I  herniated a disk in my back moving furniture up and down the stairs.   I don't do that anymore.  

This was the first year I used my Filofax as a command center.  I wrote a to-do list for the week and it was very satisfying to mark things DONE!

I had some technical issues with the video.  I tried for hours yesterday to upload it and got no where, dropping the quality helped but I lost a few minutes of audio.   Maybe some day I will have the video thing down, but not today.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

ad of the day, August 2, 2012, Pointy...

Vintage bra ads are odd...

Compared to most, this one isn't bad.

The images make me giggle...

The expressions are priceless...

Odd... they seem to follow you around the room...

A person could be in for  serious bodily harm should they end up on the business end of this bra,  which might explain why they are called bullet bras...

According to wiki a bullet bra is: A full-support bra with cups in the shape of a paraboloid with its axis perpendicular to the breast. The bullet bra usually features concentric circles of decorative stitching centred on the nipples. Invented in the late-1940s, they were still being sold well into the 1980s.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ad of the day, August 1, 2012 Fridge Contents

All images are clickable for maximum fridge goodness

Yet another picture of fridge contents...

This one doesn't have identifiable brands...

Most do...

A lot of the food is in containers too, which is very different.  


Monday, July 30, 2012

Vintage ad of the day, July 30, 2012, The meat toaster...

This crazy thing hits me as more dangerous then a turkey fryer...

Is it just me or do you predict a bacon-scented grease fire too?


The stuff I lug around....

I cleaned out my purse the other day, this is what's left.

It's still too much but I'm trying to feel secure with less; that's a hard one for me.

All pens shown come from JetPens, the Majolica line can be found here.  They are all listed as limited edition but I hope they keep restocking them.  


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hellmann's Summer Giveaway

If you're looking for a new way to keep chicken moist and juicy (and who isn't?) I've got a suggestion...
 Hellman's Mayonnaise!   I brush it on chicken then crumble on a few herbs,  grated cheese, bread crumbs - what ever I have in my pantry -  and bake away!  Hellmann's Mayonnaise coats the chicken, helps any coating adhere and your chicken will stay moist and juicy.

I've been doing this for years so when I was asked to try the new Hellmann's with olive oil I was very happy to try it... and it's very, very good; as delicious as the regular version but creamier somehow.  

The new recipe for Hellmann’s® mayonnaise dressing with Olive Oil combines the creamy, rich taste families love from Hellmann’s® with the delicious goodness of olive oil.

     Hellmann’s® has fine-tuned its olive oil mayonnaise recipe to include 50 percent more olive oil    Hellmann’s® mayonnaise dressing with olive oil is made with high-quality ingredients like olive oil, cage-free eggs, and vinegar      Visit for summer recipes and more information on creamy, delicious Hellmann’s® mayonnaise dressing with Olive Oil. 

Here's a recipe ideas to get you started!


4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes     Cook Time: 20 minutes    

1/3 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Mayonnaise Dressing with Olive Oil
3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
4 tsp. plain dry bread crumbs
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup Wish-Bone® Robusto Italian Dressing or Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing

  •  Preheat oven to 425°.
  •  Combine Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Mayonnaise Dressing with Extra Virgin Olive Oil with cheese in medium bowl. 
  • Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs and Italian seasoning.
  •   Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  •   Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in medium bowl.
  •    To serve, evenly top chicken with bruschetta mixture.

This next recipe is my go-to party dip.   I make it for every get together and people always ask, Are you making your dip?   It's not my dip, it's on the back of every  Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix package.   I first posted about it years ago!  If you haven't ever tried it you're missing the best and easiest party recipe ever.


1 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1 package Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix
1 package (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, cooked, cooled and squeezed dry
1 container (16 oz.) sour cream

Combine all ingredients. Chill 2 hours.
Substitution: Try using 1 container (16 oz.) nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
Also terrific with Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Canola Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise or Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Light Mayonnaise.

I also use Hellmann's  for my favorite egg salad recipe and it's the best egg salad ever, definitely try this one.


For a dozen hard boiled eggs, mix in a bowl:

1/4 cup minced sweet onion
1/4 cup minced celery (I use the tender inner stalks)
1/2 cup of mayonnaise
Juice from half a lemon
an 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Coleman's Dry Mustard, to taste.
a teaspoon of salt
a few grindS of pepper

Chop hard boiled eggs into small pieces.  I do them on an egg slicer (across and then down so I end up with little squares of egg).  You want some texture, not an eggy paste.  

Mix the chopped egg with with mayonnaise mixture.


Refrigerate an hour, or overnight, if possible to chill and to let flavors blend.

Serve on sandwiches as is or add  whatever  toppings you like;  lettuce, tomato, and crispy bacon with egg salad, on toast, is simply devine!

 *If you've never added lemon juice to egg salad before, it adds a bright, freshness that's unbeatable.*

Would you like to try Hellmann's Olive Oil Mayonnaise too?  They are sponsoring a giveaway on my blog for a great summer package like I got!

Leave a comment on this post telling my your favorite mayo recipe... Or dip recipe... or just say HI!  

You can also enter by or Tweeting this:  "  New  Olive Oil mayonnaise combines a creamy, rich taste with the goodness of olive oil "

You can enter both ways once a day until Saturday August 4, 2012 at 9pm eastern time.  US only.

*All items in the giveaway were sent to me*


Ad of the day, Fat people just wanna eat Ry-Crisp... July 29, 2012

Perhaps they were trying to help but ya know, I'm just not feeling the love...

See what I mean?

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