ReFresh || no. Nine

Hello Monday! Today, refresh your jewels and your breasts (chicken…relax). Until next time, may your coffee be strong and your day be beautiful!

Falynn’s Monday ReFresh

Well today is Victoria Day in Canada, therefore, today is a holiday!!!! Which also means my Monday Refresh is last minute… oopsie, bad Falynn!

Wearing my wedding rings and my daily jewels, they get pretty gross and dirty. Luckily my engagement ring comes with a lifetime of cleaning (thank you Spence Diamonds); however, my other pretties don’t get as much love. Here are some methods on how to clean your jewels at home without hurting the products.

Silver Cleaner:
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • Tin foil

Mix everything but the vinegar in a tin foil covered container. Place the jewelry in the container then slowly add the vinegar. Let it sit for 5-10 min. Remove, rinse, dry!

Gold & Gemstones:
  • Plain old vinegar
  • Shallow glass dish

Put vinegar into shallow glass dish and let the jewelry sit for 10-15 min, remove and dry. If necessary, lightly scrub with a soft bristled brush.

Soft & Porous Materials:
  • Warm water
  • 1 tbsp. dish liquid
  • Shallow glass dish

Fill a glass container with warm water and dish soap. Let the jewelry soak for 30 minutes. Rinse well and buff dry.

Diamonds & Platinum:
  • ¼ cup ammonia
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Shallow glass container

Mix solution into the shallow glass container, place diamond product into the solution for 20 min, remove, and dry. Gently scrub with a soft bristle brush if necessary. This will also clean your your setting if it is platinum.

If you are concerned about the impact these solutions might have on your pretty jewels, check with your local jewelry store to make sure you know what materials your product is made of.



Amber’s Monday ReFresh

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a cooking/recipe experimentation kick lately so today will be how to refresh those plain old chicken breasts (or CB’s as my husband likes to call them). If you’re anything like us, CB’s are a regular part of your diet. Healthy, easy to prepare and if done correctly, delicious. So here’s a tasty (and relatively simple) way to amp up the CB’s in your life.


BBQ Pulled Chicken

What you will need:

  • 2-4 raw chicken breasts (season as desired)
  • Kitchen Aid Mixer (with mixing beater attachment)
  • Delicious BBQ sauce

Directions: Fully cook 2-4 CB’s and while they are still quite WARM, transfer them to your KitchenAid stand mixer. Use the mixing beater attachment and turn the mixer on to low. This will “pull” your chicken breasts. When the chicken breasts looked about half way shredded, I added 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce at a time until I felt it was saucy enough. Turn the mixer back on to low and allow the chicken to pull the rest of the way.

IMG_9048IMG_9047Mixing Beater

IMG_9046Favorite BBQ Sauce Ever!

Helpful Tips:

  • Use pulled chicken on corn tortillas for a delicious taco
  • Add onto a bun with some slaw for a tasty sandwich
  • Top off a southwest salad with BBQ pulled chicken

Keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days and is even better once all of the flavors have mixed and mingled!

Happy Monday!


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