Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tropical Cucumber Salad

I am always trying to eat healthier and stay away from the cookies, candy, chips, etc.  I like to try new combinations of fruit and vegetables so I will definitely be trying out this recipe.

Tropical Cucumber Salad

  • 3-5 teaspoons fish sauce, (see Shopping Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 medium English cucumber, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 1 avocado, cut into 3/4-inch dice
  • 1 mango, cut into 3/4-inch dice (see Kitchen Tip)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


  1. Whisk fish sauce to taste, lime zest, lime juice, oil, brown sugar, vinegar and crushed red pepper in a large bowl until combined. Add cucumber, avocado, mango and cilantro; gently toss to coat. Serve garnished with lime zest, if desired.
Shopping Tip: Fish sauce is a pungent Southeast Asian condiment; find it in large supermarkets and Asian markets.             

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cilantro Pesto Pasta Salad

This salad sounded really good and extremely easy to make.

Cilantro Pesto Pasta Salad

  • 1 pound rigatoni or other small pasta
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, washed, loosely packed
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions, drain well.
  2. In blender container, blend oil, cilantro, garlic and oregano until smooth.
  3. Toss pasta with dressing; toss in pine nuts and olives; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate. Toss again before serving.

Cilantro Pesto Pasta Salad

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Italian Pasta and Tomato Salad

This recipe is just my cup of tea! 

Italian Pasta and Tomato Salad

Pasta Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces (2 1/3 cups) uncooked dried penne pasta

Salad Ingredients:
  • 1/4 pound (1 cup) Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese, cubed 1/2-inch
  • 2 medium (2 cups) tomatoes, cubed 1-inch
  • 2 medium (2 cups) zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch

Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Italian vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Lettuce leaves

Choose vine-ripened tomatoes to pair with penne pasta.
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  2. Combine pasta and all salad ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Stir together all dressing ingredients except lettuce leaves in small bowl. Add dressing to salad; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Serve salad on lettuce leaves.

Italian Pasta and Tomato Salad

Monday, June 27, 2011

Chicken Salad

I love salads!  They are just perfect to make on a hot summer day.

Chicken Salad

  • 6 boneless, skinless, split chicken breasts
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 6 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 1 can (14 ounces) hearts of palm, drained, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin rings
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon each, dried tarragon, thyme and basil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Combine chicken, wine, broth, garlic, tarragon and basil in a 2-quart saucepan. Cover and simmer about 15 to 20 minutes, or until done. Set aside to cool in liquid. Drain chicken and cut into 1-inch strips.
To make dressing, combine vinegar, herbs, olive oil, mustard, garlic, salt, and red pepper in a cruet or a screw top jar. Shake well to blend; refrigerate and let stand at least 15 minutes. Can be made ahead.
Combine salad greens, hearts of palm, tomato, onion and chicken. Toss with chilled dressing, mixing thoroughly. Serve on lettuce lined platter or individual serving plates. Garnish with additional tomato wedges or hearts of palm, if desired.
6 servings.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Alaska Salmon Salad Sandwich

I love salmon!  I am really looking forward to trying this recipe.

Alaska Salmon Salad Sandwich

  • 15 1/2 ounces canned Alaska salmon
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 12 slices bread
Drain and flake salmon. Stir in remaining ingredients except pepper and bread. Season with pepper to taste. Spread salmon mixture on half of bread slices; top with remaining bread. Cut sandwiches into halves or quarters.
Serves 6 sandwiches

Alaska Salmon Salad Sandwich

Saturday, June 25, 2011

ABC Sandwich Recipe

It is HOT here in Texas!! So, I decided to surf the net for new recipes that I don't have to cook!  I will be sharing these new recipes with my readers. 

ABC Sandwich

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup minced scallions
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper
  • 18 slices toasted whole-wheat bread
  • Leaf lettuce
  • 12 ounces crab meat, picked over well to remove any shells
  • Tomato slices
  • 12 slices slab bacon, cut in half, cooked crisp and drained
  • 2 avocados, sliced
In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, scallion and brandy, mixing well. For each sandwich, spread three pieces of bread with a portion of the mayonnaise mixture. Cover the first slice of bread with lettuce leaves, 2 ounces of crabmeat, and one or two tomato slices. Add the second slice of bread, and top with the four half-slices of bacon, a layer of avocado slices, another tomato slice or two, and more lettuce. Cover with the third slice of bread, secure the sandwich with wooden picks, if you like, and slice it in half.
Serve the sandwiches immediately.
ABC Sandwich


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How to Fake a Tan: Sunless Tanning Tips

Good Afternoon to all of my readers.  I ran across an interesting article the other day and decided to share it with ya'll.  In the summer, I love to get a suntan.  I like the way my skin looks when it is a darker color.  I'm sure that most of you do also.  But, as we know, it is unhealthy for us to expose our skin to all of those UV rays (even though most of us do it anyway).  Anyway, I came across this article on "How To Fake a Tan: Sunless Tanning Tips.

A great suntan is associated with health and beauty. While a bronze look is desirable, especially in the summer or on holiday , we all know the dangers of the sun's UV rays. Is a temporary tan worth the permanent sun damage, wrinkles, and skin cancer risk? Absolutely not!

You can save time and avoid these risks entirely with sunless tanning lotion. Today's self-tanners give you a safe, deep golden tan, not the orange look of years ago. Many new self-tanning lotions are tinted; not only do they give you an initial tan, you're more likely to apply the lotion evenly and avoid streaking.


  • First, take a shower or bath and exfoliate your skin. Pay special attention to your elbows, knees, and any other rough spots. These areas will soak up the self tanning lotion and turn darker so you need to get rid of any dead skin.
  • Pat yourself dry and pin your hair up. Apply regular body or hand lotion to the dry spots you exfoliated. Allow yourself several minutes to completely dry.
  • You may choose to wear thin gloves to put on the self-tanning lotion and avoid getting it on your hands, but applying it with your bare hands will probably result in a more even application. It's your choice.
  • Start applying the lotion from the bottom, up, bracing your foot on a chair or stool. Rub in lightly, you can always go back later and apply a second time.
  • Don't forget the areas that would tan naturally in the sun, the back of your legs, knees, arms, and neck. When applying to your face, remember to smooth it on your eyelids and into your hairline. Avoid your eyes and hair. For those with sensitive skin, there are self-tanning lotions that are formulated specifically for your face and will result in a more natural look.
  • If you will be wearing your hair up, don't forget to apply the self-tanner on the back of your neck to look more natural.
  • When you're finished, wash your hands thoroughly with soap if you chose not to wear gloves or your palms will turn an unnatural color. Use a hand towel to dry them completely.
  • Before the lotion dries, it may tan what you're wearing too, so let yourself dry and put on some loose clothing. If you're going to be sitting on a cloth chair or couch, sit on a towel to avoid staining.

Quick Tips

  • For a deep, extra-dark tan before a special occasion, apply self tanning lotion before bed, and again in the morning. Before you go out, check yourself in the mirror for any streaks and correct them with a damp paper towel. For the ultimate fake tan, apply bronzing powder to your face and shoulders for a finishing touch and hit the town!
  • Allow at least 10 minutes to apply self-tanning lotion and don't be in a hurry. You're more likely to avoid streaking and get a natural looking tan.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sign Up For Our Birthday Club!

I am beginning a new and fun club at Yellow Rose Gifts, Company's Facebook page.  Visit Yellow Rose Gifts, Company Facebook page at,  "Like" my page, enter your birth date under the Comment section and you will receive a FREE "Senusal Touch" Soy Massage Melt on your birthday!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Natural Pet Spa Shampoos

Our Natural Pet Spa Shampoos are safe enough to use on human babies, does not contain SLS, is gentle on the skin, creates a nice foam and contains a conditioning lotion that will reduce the scratching that usually accompanies dry skin.

The shampoos are available in the following fragrances:

Pooch Smooch Fragrance - A melody of sweet melon and crisp cucumber accented by hints of orange slices, violet petals, and fresh lily.

Precious Puppy Fragrance - A combination of pink grapefruit, Valencia orange and Keylime as top notes.  Pink Jasmine blossoms, rose petals and a fruity fusion of ripe apricot for middle notes.  Bing cherry and ripe plum round out the fragrance as base notes.

Pretty Kitty Fragrance - An invigorating blend of island fresh kiwi, ripe strawberry, sun-kissed peach, Anjou pear and spring flowers that is sure to please even the fanciest of felines.

Purrs-n-Paws Fragrance - A refreshing medley for your pet that combines juicy Mandarin orange, tangy lemon and tart lime with nuances of fresh flowers, soothing musk and sheer woods.

Your pet will love you for bathing him/her with our Natural Pet Spa Shampoos!

8 oz.     $8.50 each

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Citronella Candles

Our Citronella Candles are made with a soy/ paraffin wax blend.  This wax blend lasts longer than plain paraffin wax.  It also has an excellent scent throw.   Each candle has a special citronella candle wick. Burn time is approximately 65 hours.

The Summer Citronella Candles are available in either a pink bucket or a purple bucket and decorated with fun summer stickers.

The Fourth of July Citronella Candles are available in either a blue bucket or a red bucket and decorated wtih fun Fourth of July stickers.

Available Fragrances:

Citronella Berry

Citronella, Lavender & Cedarwood Blend

        10 oz. Candle     $10.00 each

Our fragranced Citronella Candles smell great.  They are not the smelly Citronella candles that you purchase in the stores and they last way longer!!

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Oatmeal Bath Soak

Our Oatmeal Bath Soak is made with Oatmeal, Castile Soap and Almond Meal.  We then fragrance it with Lavender Essential OIl.  Oatmeal and its natural oil coat, moisturize, protect and gently cleanse, while correcting the pH of itchy or dry skin.  Castile soap moisturizes the skin and almond meal rejuventates the skin.  Lavender Essential Oil is a great adi for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Premium Soy Candle Sale This Weekend

Yellow Rose Gifts, Company is having a Weekend Candle Sale!

Purchase any two (2) Premium Scented Soy Candles and recieve a FREE 6 oz. candle
in your choice of fragrance.

You'll LOVE our candles!!

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Lavender Brown Sugar Scrub

Our Lavender Brown Sugar Scrub is made with Turbinado Sugar, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E Oil.  We then fragrance it with Lavender Essential Oil.  Turbinado Sugar is pure, unprecessed brown sugar derived from sugar cane, a natural source of glycolic and alph hydroxy acids.  Glycolic acid penetrates the skin cells and encourages the shedding the dead cells and debris from the skin surface resulting in a younger looking appearance and a brighter overall complexion and skin tone.  It speeds up the skin renewal process, creating new and healthier skin cells.  Alphy hydroxy acids keeps the skin from showing signs of aging.  Sweet Almond Oil is an excellent natural moisturizer suitable for all skin types.  Vitamin E Oil rejuvenates the skin and increases growth of new cells on the skin.  Vitamin E Oil is helpful for dry skin.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Honey Almond Vanilla Glycerin Soap

Our Honey Almond Vanilla Glycerin Soap is made with pure white glycerin soap, almond meal, powdered milk, honey almond essential oil and vanilla fragrance oil.

Almonds prevent premature appearance of wrinkles, black heads, pimples and dry skin.  Powdered milk is an excellent moisturizer that is favored for sensitive skin and also relieves painful, itchy symptoms of eczema and other skin conditions.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sonoran Desert Flowers Shea Butter Soap

Our Sonoran Desert Flowers Shea Butter Soap is another one of our Southwest Scents.  Shea Butter helps diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal, and increasing circulation.  Shea Butter also helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays and is an effective moisturizer because it contains so many fatty acids which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity.
Fresh and green with the fragrance of arid desert flowers, Sonoran Desert Flowers weaves the light aroma of desert mariposa, hedgehog cactus, night blooming cereus, penstemon, chicalote, orange poppies, and saguaro cactus blossoms to create a luminous, sheer white floral with a crisp, dry edge.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Purple Prickly Pear Mango Butter Soap

Our Purple Prickly Pear Mango Butter Soap is one of our Southwest scents.  Mango butter is obtained from the fruit seed of the Mangifera Indica (Mango Tree) native to the tropics.  It is a soft solid butter high in stearic acid, with a natural slight sweet scent.  It melts on contact with the skin.  It is known to be very emollient helping the skin to retain moisture and it has a high oxidative ability.  It is known to have UV radiation protective properties.  It is wonderful to use in wound and burn healing products along with aiding in the reduction of scars.  It has skin regenerative properties while restoring elasticity to the skin making it ideal for skin care formulations.  We have also added poppy seeds to gently exfoliate your skin.
Purple Prickly Pear fragrance is a juicy fragrance of crimson-purple desert cactus pears also known as Prickly Pears.  Sweet, drippy notes of plum, stawberry and watermelon gives succulent, realistic fragrance of a prickly pear while the crisp green watery essences of the cactus itself show through in this unusual, delicious fragrance!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Sizzling Summer Blog Party

What is Sizzling Summer Blog Party?

It’s a place to meet new blogging friends and get noticed!!
It’s building a community of bloggers, no matter what your blog/business is about. It’s getting to know one another and help support each other by following your Facebook or Twitter pages.
And we will have giveaways!! Each day til the Blog Party ends on the 10th!

Click this link to go to the Sizzling Summer Blog Party!!

Yellow Rose Gifts, Company
is a
Proud Sponser!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Banish Cellulite With Our Natural Chocolate Creme Coffee Scrub

Get rid of that ugly, ol' cellulite with our Natural Chocolate Creme Coffee Scrub!
Our Chocolate Creme Coffee Scrub is made with Chocolate Creme Coffe grounds, Mediterranean Sea Salt, Sweet Almond Oil,  unsweetened Cocoa, and Vitamin E Oil.  Coffee scrubs are beneficial in reducing cellulite.  It is the caffeine it contains that provides the added health benefits as a scrub.  When coffee is applied to the surface of your skin, it helps redistribute fat cells and decrease the formation of cellulite.  It also helps to prevent varicose veins or even make them vanish!  It also may act as a vasorestrictor - tightening and shrinking blood vessels, thus helping to reduce the varicose veins.  We added the unsweetened Cocoa, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E Oil to help moisturize your skin.  And the best thing of all, is it smells sooooo good!

Comes in a 4 oz. white Pet jar.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pamper Your Skin This Summer With Our Salt Glows!

Keep your skin healthy and glowing with our Natural Salt Glows this summer!

Lemongrass Salt Glow

Our Lemongrass Salt Glow is made with a combination of Mediterranean sea salt and Pacific sea salt.  We then add glycerin soap and sweet almond oil and fragrance it with Lemongrass Essential Oil. 
A Salt Glow can bring forward refreshed, glowing, and revitalized skin.  The exfoliation process sloughs off dull and dry skin, revealing your fresh and renewed layer.  Lemongrass Essential Oil lifts the spirit and gets things moving again.  It revives the spirit, especially in states of exhaustion.

Citrus Salt Glow

Our Citrus Salt Glow is made with a combination of Mediterranean sea salt and Pacific sea salt.  We then add glycerin soap and sweet almond oil and fragrance it with a special citrus blend of Orange, Lemon, Tangerine, and Lemongrass Essential Oils.  Orange essential oil benefits scars, stretch marks, tones the complexion, wrinkles, poor circulation, nervous tension, stress related conditions and emotional problems.  Lemon Essential Oil promotes spiritual and psychic awareness, promotes connection between spirit (consciousness) and soul.  Tangerine Essential Oil smoothes out stretch marks, helps break down cellulite fat pockets.  Lemongrass Essential Oil aids poor circulation and stress.

Our Salt Glows come in a 4 oz. white Pet jar.

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