Saturday, September 26, 2015

Meatloaf Most Epic!

Last night I made a meatloaf that tasted like it came from the gods themselves. I'm not a big fan of meatloaf, if I wanted to slather ketchup on some ground beef I would get a bunless burger. I just never really understood the appeal. That changed last night. I had our Make It and Go Meatloaf kicking around and decided I would make it for supper. It's a crockpot mix but is easily converted for the oven. I decided I would mix the meat, mix, eggs as per directions on the box. Tried to google a sauce recipe that did not use ketchup. Found a post on chowhound where someone commented that their mom would stuff meatloaf with cheddar and top with bacon. Making it like a giant bunless bacon cheeseburger. I figured that was a better idea than ketchup so I set out to do so. I then decided it needed sautéed onions and mushrooms. Because hello, what's a bacon cheeseburger without mushrooms and onions?

While making the onions the thought occurred to me that I had not made beer caramelized onions (recipe is my general guide, I rarely measure I just toss and splash and taste haha) in practically forever and I assumed the sweetness of beer caramelized onions would compliment the bacon perfectly. I was right. The mushrooms I beefed up with a tsp of the beefy brown gravy mix I had customized and a splash of water once they were nearly done. I then layered the whole thing, meat, onions, meat, mushrooms and shredded cheddar, meat, bacon weave and cooked in a 350 oven for about an hour until meat thermometer gave me the ok to eat ;) 

Epic Meatloaf - Caramelized Onions
Onions caramelizing 

Beefy Sautéed Mushrooms - Do You Bake?
Beefy Mushrooms

Do You Bake? Canada
First layers

Do You Bake? Canada Epic Meatloaf
Added more meatloaf and the mushrooms

Epic Meatloaf - Do You Bake Canada
Cheese added on top of the mushrooms

Meatloaf Do You Bake Canada
Bacon weave

Do You Bake Canada Bacon Weave
Out of the oven

Bacon weave, beer caramelized onions, meatloaf
Get in my mouth

Monday, June 22, 2015

Salmon, caprese and garlic toast.

One of the easiest suppers I have made in recent memory. Of course helped out with some yummy Do You Bake? seasonings :)

I grilled the salmon with a bit of olive oil and For The Love Of Garlic Seasoning. Served it on garlic toast made with Oh La La Garlic Bread Seasoning. Added fresh Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, bocconcini medallions and a simple vinaigrette made from oil and balsamic vinegar (with a bit of the FTLOG Seasoning added) 
The entire meal took less than 20 minutes to make.
do you bake canada

Monday, February 16, 2015

Donairs DYB style!

There is a really popular donair recipe floating around on Facebook right now. I decided to rework it DYB style :) Below is the photo floating around. 

Facebook donair recipe

For the most part I only switched out some of the seasonings. I used our Mediterranean Seasoning Blend, For The Love Of Garlic, Chive n Onion, and the Smoked Paprika from Velata (so I used 1/2 of what the recipe called for). I also added a bit of olive oil to help my stand mixer along with beating the crap out of the meat. I will likely cut down the cayenne a bit as it was pretty spicy (cool for me, not as fun for the kids)

Love my stand mixer, not sure I would want to do this by hand haha. Medium speed, broken up into 2 parts about 5 min each with the paddle. 

I have a stand alone roaster oven and I went with a temp of 300 instead of 325 as I've seen that tip going around too.

For the sweet sauce I used For The Love Of Garlic again. I made sure to prep right after getting the meat in the oven so the sauce had time to sit with the seasoning. 

For veggies we used tomatoes, cucumber, and lettuce. Kept it fairly simple. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Lia Sophia...

Yesterday afternoon Lia Sophia (a direct sales jewelry company) closed it's "doors" after 28 years. Apparently without warning to the company reps with the exception of some top few. As the news broke on Facebook I was horrified to see so many DS reps from every other company out there offering to "help" displaced Lia reps by "sharing" their opportunity. Coat it in sugar all you want, you were not helping, you were being opportunistic vultures. Within 5 minutes of the announcement sharks were swimming in the blood pool. Offended by what I just said? Reflect on why. These women just lost businesses right before Christmas, sure some might be ready to hop on another train right away but I'll bet most need some time to process first.

There are things that reps do in DS that smacks of desperation, this is one of them. It happens all the time. Your friend just lost a 9-5, they are upset, and your offer to help is to ask them to buy a starter kit.... Their beloved DS business tanks, you ask them to buy a starter kit. My issue with scenario one, is that it takes $$ to start a DS business. Stop feeding the lie that the products sell themselves. When someone has nothing, asking them to cough up dough for something that might work out for them is uncool at best. Yes, I am well aware that there are women who started a DS biz with their last 200.00 and with some tenacity and a bit of luck they soared. We all know the real stats though, and that is the extremely high failure rate. That is a multifaceted problem though with lots of variables so we won't discuss it now. Scenario two is just as terrible. They just lost the company they put their passion, tears, and work into for sometimes years. Let them breathe! Others, just signed up and now likely have a really bad taste in their mouth since the company was allowing new rep signups the day before they shut down! Would you really want to invest in another starter kit for another company when you don't even know if you can get a refund on your now useless LS kit?

I was called angry for saying that a lot of reps look like vultures. Yes I am angry. I'm angry that I work twice as hard to overcome the bad name that shitty reps have given DS/MLM as a whole.  Everyday I hear "oh I have heard of that company this woman I met hounded me for weeks" "I signed up under someone I met and then they basically didn't talk to me" "I got scammed" "I won't support my friends who have a home party business, thy are ripoffs and I hate them"

All of those quotes can be attributed to the vulture mentality that is seemingly inevitable in DS/MLM. These are people, not numbers. They have feelings, respect them dammit.

Would you ask someone on a date when they just buried their spouse? Would you tell a friend who miscarried to just get pregnant again? No? Then please stop hounding LS (or any other reps from a defunct biz) to join your opportunity. They will seek you out when they are ready.

Worse yet, was a competing jewelry company posting an event for a recruiting drive within an hour of the LS news breaking.  I hear that it is a regular event and that is fine, however if you realize your timing sucks and you keep it going it reflects very poorly on the company.

Today is my one year with DYB and it has been incredible, I have built a large team and not once did I have to ask someone to join me. They came to me. I share the opportunity on my Facebook page, or in groups etc but I have never messaged, emailed, phoned etc someone and said "Join me". You don't have to be obnoxious to build a team. 

If my post offends you please take a deep look inside and ask yourself why. I have not been known to sugar coat anything and I'm not going to excuse your poor behavior as you helping a displaced rep. You can coat a poop in chocolate but it's still poop. 

Run your business ethically and you will be rewarded, it might take longer but is your integrity not worth that to you?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just Stop

As a person in direct sales, I get a lot of friend requests on Facebook from other direct sellers/network marketers from various groups I am in. This is fine by me but there is a list of things that a lot of DS reps do on Facebook that they really need to stop....
FYI this list is assuming you have not actually had a real conversation, ever. Even if you have had a conversation, or two, I still advise heeding the following advice....

  1. If your first action after friending someone is to invite them to like your business page. Please stop.
  2. If your first action after friending someone is to private message them all about joining your opportunity... Please Stop
  3. If your first action after friending someone is to ask them right away to host a party... Please stop. 
  4. Please stop inviting your entire friends list to a Facebook "event/party". 
  5. Please stop setting those Facebook events as public. There are 500000 articles online about why this is ineffective (and outright annoying)
  6. Please stop changing the name of your fan page 15 times a day, folks do get notified and it gets annoying. 
This list is just a smattering of what I see every single day. If we have never spoken what makes you think I'm just going to jump ship and join your company? People buy off people they like and trust. If I don't know you I have not yet formed an opinion on you but I can tell you if the first message I get from you is trying to sell me something our friendship won't even get a chance to develop. 

For more on why you need to stop with the mass invites to Facebook events, Vivid & Brave sums it up nicely. 

Build relationships first, wait for a person to ask about your business or bring it up naturally. Stop the spam! :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I double dog dare you.....

... to make these recipes..

While perusing Pinterest today, I came across some of the nastiest food ideas ever... Inspired to find more (glutton for punishment I am) I came across an old timey cookbook released by Gold Medal Flour, circa 1910. PDF link is here should you care to peruse it too.

I'm highlighting the worst recipes I can find in this book....

Calf Brain Recipe

Calf Head

Cow Tongue

I'm not even 1/2 way through, I'll likely need to do a part two for this... 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Meal Plan!

Cook Once, Eat Twice Do You Bake? Meal Plan a simple meal plan featuring our YUMMY, healthy, real food Do You Bake? Products!
I am picking some of our family faves to share with you this week.
Monday – Tipsy Chicken Skewers with your favorite side dish

Tuesday – leftover Tipsy Chicken on tossed Salad with TOP IT! Salad Topper and your choice of dressing
Wednesday – Better than Mama’s Pot Roast, served up with your fave veggies & salad
Thursday – use that leftover Pot Roast to make Beef Dip Sandwiches! Make a little Aus Jus or gravy and dip away! Serve with your fave green salad made with TOP IT!
Friday – Burger Night featuring our South of the Border Burger. Serve with some Splendid Spud Salad
Saturday - Slice of Heaven ‘Za night with Dunk the Chunk cookies for dessert (optional!)
Sunday – Thai Lemongrass Coconut Soup

Do You Bake? Products needed for weekly meal plan:
Tipsy Chicken - $5.50
TOP It! - $8.85 (includes 4 packages of four (4-serving) salads! You will have 2 packages leftover for next week or extra salads!
Better than Mama’s Pot Roast - $6.95
Splendid Spud Salad - $5.25
South of the Border Burger Mix $8.95
Slice of Heaven ‘Za Kit - $7.95
Dunk the Chunk Cookies - $7.95 (optional for a fun dessert!)
Thai Lemongrass Coconut Soup $10.25
Total Cost: $61.65 +shipping purchased individually
YOUR COST: $60. With FREE SHIPPING (locally), $70. Shipped DIRECTLY TO YOU!
Order this package and receive FREE SHIPPING on your products (locally delivered!) I will also throw in a FREE GIFT just for trying out my meal plan!
You will need to purchase from the grocery store (or use from your freezer/pantry/garden):
Chicken Breasts (8-10), Beef Roast, ground beef (1.5-2lbs), pizza toppings, Salad Greens (enough for the week), potatoes, buns for beef dip & burgers, assorted veggies

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One Week Meal Plan -

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