Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

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Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

There is something about the spring season that has me craving salads constantly. The warmer weather arriving in my neck of the woods probably contributes a great deal toward this situation. The great thing is that there are so many different combinations, flavors, and textures to create with salad. It just so happens that these Alexia Onion Ring Fried Eggs with an Arugula Salad is seriously one of my new favorite dishes to create in my kitchen!

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

I have recently become somewhat obsessed with creating a spring inspired salad for lunch (or even for dinner sometimes) – a bed of fresh arugula, shaved Parmesan cheese, fresh cracked pepper, lemon or honey lime vinaigrette, all topped with a fried egg. The mixture of ingredients is seriously fantastic, and the egg takes it over the top.

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula SaladAlexia Onion Rings

But how about taking it up a notch? I did just that with Alexia Onion Rings as my inspiration. Don’t you just love a crispy, crunchy onion ring? I certainly do, and I appreciate that Alexia products are made with all natural ingredients. All of their items are great quality and are versatile, which can really help you to get creative in the kitchen. I am not joking when I say that I pretty much always have a bag of Alexia potatoes or onion rings in some shape or form in my freezer at any given moment. They are a great item to have on hand to help out with creating delicious and quick meals.

Alexia products

I am really loving Alexia’s new Rosemary and Sea Salt Fries – what a great flavor option! The Sweet Potato Fries (regular OR spicy) are also a favorite in our household. You can find them easily in Walmart in the frozen foods aisle with the potato products.

This arugula salad is fantastic because it is fun and a healthy option for your dining table. There is something so yummy about the peppery flavor of the arugula (but you could always substitute fresh spring mix or spinach if preferred): it is my favorite green to use in salads! The citrus vinaigrette is a beautiful accompaniment.

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

And can we talk about the beauty of a perfectly cooked, oozy fried egg on top of your salad? It is a dreamy thing to cut into a fried egg and see an oozy, perfect yolk spill out to coat your salad greens. If you haven’t tried this yet, you absolutely should. Immediately. But with the help of the Alexia Onion Rings, it goes absolutely over the top. The idea was pretty genius, if you ask me. After baking my Alexia Onion Rings to a perfect, golden crisp, I selected a few of the larger rings and added them to a frying pan over medium high heat. Then, I cracked an egg inside each of the onion rings. The onion rings served as an egg mold of delicious perfection. After cooking for about 3 minutes on one side, I flipped the eggs over and finished them for an additional minute or so, until the yolk was still soft but not extremely runny (I do a light touch test on the yolk to feel – oh….the art of cooking eggs…).

All in all, this salad is upscale yet very quick to put together: it’s a fun recipe twist for sure! Do you have any favorite upscale spring recipes of your own? What dish makes you think of the spring season?

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad

Onion Ring Fried Eggs with Arugula Salad
 
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This simple yet upscale arugula salad is topped with fried eggs cooked inside onion rings!
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 Alexia Onion Rings (plus more on the side if desired)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 tablespoon fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or honey lime vinaigrette (plus more if desired)
  • Fresh cracked pepper
Instructions
  1. First, prepare Alexia onion rings according to package instructions.
  2. When onion rings are almost fully baked, preheat a frying pan to medium high heat. Coat with cooking spray or a small dollop of butter or olive oil to grease the pan.
  3. Place an onion ring in the pan, then crack one of the eggs into the center of the onion ring. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for approximately 3 minutes on the first side, then carefully flip the onion ring/egg over and continue cooking for an additional minute or two (until the yolk is cooked to desired texture).
  4. Remove the onion ring/egg from the frying pan and place it on top of a bed of fresh arugula. Lightly dress the salad with lemon or honey lime vinaigrette, top with shaved Parmesan cheese, and add fresh cracked pepper, if desired. Enjoy!

 

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

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Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Oh, the smell of spring: it’s in the air!!! One of my favorite things about this wonderful season is the fresh scent that comes with it. From flowers, to the scent of a clean house after I go through a huge round of spring cleaning, it’s just a great time of the year for my nose! In honor of the spring season and my love of flowers, I am sharing some easy DIY gold flowerpots with you today.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

I love when I can take a few simple products and transform them into something even better. To celebrate spring, I thought it would be a great idea to spruce up our screened in porch with some flowers! I got inspired when I spotted some simple self watering flowerpots: they were the perfect size to create a centerpiece for our outdoor seating space, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the color options available. Thankfully, there was an easy (and pretty!) fix for that! Can you guess what it was? Spray paint, that’s what! My answer to many decorating situations.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

I picked up three small flowerpots, then set them outside on top of newspaper in a well ventilated area. Next, I got to spraying! It only took a light coat of gold metallic spray paint to cover the outside of the pots. Once I allowed them to dry, I flipped the pots over and sprayed around the inside edges as well. After all of the paint was completely dry, it was time to add flowers!

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

It just so happened that some pretty pink begonias stood out to me. Because our screened in porch area is covered and doesn’t receive full sunlight throughout the day, the begonias were a good choice (they like shade)! I simply popped the plants into their new gold flowerpots, along with a little extra soil and some fertilizer. Easy and simple: they were ready to go in minutes!

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

Now, they are happily displayed on our porch area, brightening up the area and making me think of spring every time I look at them.

Easy DIY Gold Flowerpots

So, let’s talk about scent. It’s true: scent is a powerful thing. It has the ability to bring up memories, to change your mood, and more. Florals are a favorite of mine. Isn’t it wonderful when you find yourself walking by a flowering plant or tree and you absolutely HAVE to stop and inhale? Oh nature, how I love you! I find myself using floral scents in my body care products, in my cleaning products, my air fresheners, and especially my laundry! To enhance the fantastic florals, I’ve picked up Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™. They are in-wash scent boosters that give cloth a fresh aroma for weeks. So, even days after you’ve tumbled, folded, and put away your laundry you can continue to enjoy that freshly laundered floral scent! The scent lasts FIVE times longer than your everyday laundry scent. So, if you’re like me and enjoy holding up a fresh towel to your nose to inhale that wonderful floral aroma, this is a product for you!

Suavitel

The Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ are available in two scents: Fabulous Field Flowers and Soothing Lavender. They are great to pair with Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioner and fabric detergent. You simply throw a little (or a lot) of the fragrance pearls into the washing machine at the beginning of the cycle and lit them work their magic! I was able to locate my Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ and fabric conditioner at Walmart in the household cleaning area along with the fabric softeners. I like that they are also compatible with high efficiency washing machines: we have one in our laundry room, so I am always very careful to make sure my products are safe to use!

There will be Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ samples on select Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioners in Walmart stores, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for them!

I’m curious: what scents inspire you? Have you been inspired to create a project based on a scent you love? Be sure to check out more information about the Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ at Walmart!

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

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DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

Did you know April is Earth Month? As a matter of fact, Earth Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 22nd this week! Do you know how you will celebrate? To be honest, I am working to make every day an Earth Day in my home, starting with the DIY garbage disposal refreshers I have to share today, along with some awesome Tom’s of Maine goodies!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve recently taken notice of how many different cleaning products and chemicals I have stored in my home. For some reason I had never been concerned with it in the past, but lately I have taken note of how much I’m exposing myself, my family, and my pets to. There has to be a simpler solution. So, my quest has begun to create my own cleaning products and other household products.

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

The thing is, making natural cleaning products for your house isn’t complicated. You only need a few simple items to put together cleaners for your counters, appliances, floors, and more. Today, I’m tackling the garbage disposal. Do you have a go-to method for cleaning and making your garbage disposal smell fresh? The most common solution I’ve seen people suggest is throwing citrus peels down the disposal and grinding them up. I’ll admit: I used to do that. The fresh citrus smell that comes up after throwing a lime rind in the sink is always great. However – let me warn you against doing the same thing! I used to do this all the time, and then one day I noticed my sink was draining really slow. I couldn’t figure out what was happening, until I peeked down the drain into the disposal….and saw what was probably 50 different lemon and lime peels in a huge pile up. Then I had to spend 20+ minutes carefully fishing all of the rinds out of the sink and disposing of them in the trash. Every time I threw a peel down the disposal and THOUGHT I was grinding it up, I was getting that lovely smell, but clearly the rind wasn’t able to be fully pulverized. Never again. NEVERRRR again! I am careful to dispose of my rinds in my composter (also another eco-friendly option we have at our home!) rather than down the drain now.

So, how about another all natural option, with only 4 simple ingredients? I’m all over it. These DIY garbage disposal refreshers only took me a few minutes to whip up, and pretty much all of the ingredients could be found at the dollar store: score! I highly recommend you create a batch for yourself. You can store them in a sealed jar or container and simply pop one or two of them in the disposal as needed to clean and deodorize!

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers

DIY Garbage Disposal Refreshers
 
These simple to make garbage disposal refreshers will both deodorize and keep your sink smelling fresh!
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup salt
  • Juice from 1 lemon (and grated rind - optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. First, add the baking soda and salt to a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Slowly stir in the lemon juice and water to mix. If you are using the rind of the lemon, use a microplane grater to remove the zest from the lemon and add to the mixture. Stir well to combine: the mixture should be like wet sand. You can add more or less water into the mixture depending on the consistency.
  3. Use a small cookie scoop or rounded teaspoon to drop rounds of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Allow refreshers 24 hours or more to dry. Then, remove from the baking sheet and place in a sealed container to store.

Tom's of Maine

Now, let’s talk hygiene products. That is another area where I want to reduce the amount of chemicals in my life as well. It just so happens that there is a brand who can help me (and you!) out in that department: Tom’s of Maine.

Tom's of Maine

I recently picked up an assortment of their products: Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste, and Unisex Long Lasting Apricot Deodorant. They even have children’s products for you to consider, like Tom’s of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste – how fun for your little ones! What I really like about these products is that they are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives, which is great for the Earth, and great for your body as well! I was able to easily acquire my toothpaste and deodorant at Walmart. And lucky for you, you can click HERE to get $1.00 off any Tom’s of Maine product purchase at Walmart. Score!

So, I want to know: how are you creating Earth friendly items to use in your home?

 

An Under the Sink Makeover, plus Palmolive® Multi-Surface

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Under the sink makeover

It has happened to many of us at some point in time: plumbing issues. They never occur at a convenient time, do they? We recently had some major trouble with our kitchen sink when Justin and I discovered our faucet was leaking. One afternoon when we opened the cabinet below our sink, water poured out onto our kitchen floor and flooded it. We spent an hour or so cleaning everything out from under the sink, drying it off, and trying to fix the problem. In the end, we had to call a plumber and ended up installing a new faucet. In the end, everything was fixed, and inspiration struck. I was going to take this plumbing disaster and make it into an opportunity for an under the sink makeover.

Under the sink makeover

I am about to show you what the underside of my sink looks like. This makes me nervous. But I have to show you the before so you can appreciate the after. Gulp…here goes nothing:

Under the sink makeover

If you look underneath your sink, how many different bottles of cleaning solutions do you own? I know in my case, the total is quite large. I have separate products for every surface, for different cleaning purposes, even for different seasons. Why, oh why do I need so many different items? Surely there are some solutions that can allow me to compress the amount of items I store under my sink, plus help me reduce my time cleaning the kitchen each day. The more “me-time” I can get, the better!

Under the sink makeover

I found my answer in a product from Palmolive®: Palmolive® Multi Surface! Let’s talk about how genius this product is. It is formulated to clean both dishes AND kitchen surfaces. How amazing is that? It combines two of my kitchen cleaning staples into one simple and easy to use product, which makes my life easier…and keeps the area underneath my sink less cluttered.

Palmolive Multi Surface

I was able to easily pick up a bottle for myself at Walmart: it was located right by all of the other dish soap products! Palmolive® Multi Surface eliminates 99.9% of bacteria (*staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica and E. coli ((157:H7)) from dishes and hard non porous kitchen surfaces, which gives me peace of mind when I’m in the kitchen. It is one of the most important places in my home that I want to keep perfectly sanitary, so I enjoy that I can be sure that both my dishes and my counter tops are safe!

Under the sink makeover

So – on to the under the sink makeover! My old habit was to simply shove every cleaning item under the sink. There was no rhyme or reason to where things went: I simply threw them under the sink and went about my business. However, when the time would come for me to find a specific item, I would find myself down on my hands and knees, reaching to the back of the kitchen sink. It wasn’t fun for my body, and it took time out of my day. UGH! So – I acquired two simple items to help organize my products (including my new Palmolive® Multi Surface).

Under the sink makeover

First up: a wooden crate! It sounds simple, but placing your under the sink items in a crate or box can keep them in line: they won’t fall over as easily, and if you are looking for a specific product, you can simply pull the entire crate out from under the sink and locate it without crawling to the back of the cabinet. Time savers: I love them! I found this simple wooden crate and knew it would be the perfect size for under our sink…plus it looks super cute! My Palmolive® Multi Surface now has its own perfect little home in there.

Under the sink makeover

My second easy fix for under the sink: a tension rod! This simple little item is a life saver for storage! I simply added the tension rod towards the front of the sink cabinet, then used it as a hanging rod for my spray bottles.

Under the sink makeover

Since that space under the sink is usually just empty and unused, it really helps with creating an organized area! In addition, the spray bottles are easier to reach this way: I can just open the cabinet door, grab, and go!

Under the sink makeover

All in all, I am pretty pleased with how my under the sink makeover turned out! I have to say: turning my plumbing disaster into something positive was just what I needed!

Do you have any tips for organizing your kitchen? How would you use your extra “me-time” by using Palmolive® Multi Surface?