PermaLeaf topiary review

Spring is Here!

I love sitting out on my patio, typing and sharing reviews with you.

And beautiful topiary and plants just make everything better.

Luscious palms and other greenery can make your patio, porch and outdoor spaces so much more comfy. I want to share with you a source of awesome potted plants and greenery that require no maintenance.

I was recently sent a sample of a palm tree plant that just looks awesome on my patio.

It’s from PermaLeaf.com http://www.permaleaf.com/

PermaLeaf Topiary

Yes, I love my hot sauces. I love my BBQ. I love my tech gadgets.

But I also love my home and environment. So let me tell you about a great place to find beautiful artificial plants that are reasonably priced and maintenance free.

The Palm Plant

The palm plant that I’m showing you is a beautiful example of the product that this company produces.

It has graced my outdoor patio for a few weeks now and passersby have commented on it more than a few times.

From afar they find it hard to believe it’s artificial.

This particular palm is so well made. The base is heavy and sturdy and ready to be set into any pot or ground that you have available.

You can purchase this palm and so many others at:

PermaLeaf: http://www.permaleaf.com/

*** UPDATE *** Use coupon code BLOGGER10 to save 10% off your order!

I’m so happy with my palm – it really makes my patio nicer.

Here is the box you get. Nicely packed.

Inside is the beautiful plant ready for you to enjoy and display.

You’ll need to open it up and shape it for the best appearance.

Their plants make a great background for product shots too:

I’m very happy with the quality and appearance of the PermaLeaf Palm Plant.

You can find PermaLeaf on Social Media at:

https://www.facebook.com/PermaLeaf

https://twitter.com/Permaleafplants

Recipe Makeover Homemade Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce

You’ll Never Buy Hunt’s Manwich Sauce in a Can Again

This is my homemade version of Manwich Sloppy Joes that I’ve been making at home since I was a teen. It is so simple, and as Brian says, “it’s the bomb!”.

This is a recipe using 2 lbs of ground beef. You could use 1 lb, but this is so good, and freezes so well (if it makes it that far) that you should go with the 2 lb version. I use my Le Creuset dutch oven, but a large cast iron skillet works as well.

Ingredients:

    • 2 lb ground beef (80/20)

 

    • 1 1/2 large onions, chopped, about 2 cups total (I use Vidalia when available)

 

    • 1 tsp garlic powder

 

    • 1/2 tsp onion powder

 

    • 2 Tbs fresh ground black pepper (we grind a lot ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container)

 

    • 2 1/2 cups Hunt’s or Del Monte Ketchup (NOT Heinz, it’s too salty)

 

    • Kosher Salt to taste, about 1 tsp

 

    Water – 1 to 1 1/2 cups

Instructions:

Brown the ground beef until all the water is cooked out and only grease remains, then throw in the onions and cook until they just start to turn transluscent.

Then add the garlic and onion powder, black pepper, ketchup and salt.

Combine well, then add water to almost cover the mixture. This helps absorb the meat absorb the flavors, and gives a good fine texture, instead of hard chewy lumps.

Cook over medium heat until moisture dissipates, stirring every 10 minutes or so, then turn to low. This takes about 30 minutes, so go have a beer.
When the meat reaches a good thick, wet consistency, check for flavor and add what you think it needs. More garlic? More pepper? More ketchup? Whatever you like. I also sop up any extra grease with a paper towel to cut down on the fat factor.

Serve on a lightly toasted Kaiser or potato roll, along with a side of cole slaw, potato chips, and homemade onion dip, and you’ve got a great quick meal for the family. This is also perfect for potlucks and family reunions….I’ve never come home with any leftovers! Ever!

Homemade Onion Dip

Oh, and the onion dip… easy, and a huge hit with my sons, who used to swear by Helluva Good brand, but they like this better…

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
3 Tbs. minced onion
Pinch Kosher salt
3 Tbs milk.

Blend (or smoosh with a fork) the cream cheese with the minced onion (don’t go by taste at this point, as the onion flavor gets stronger as it sits), and add a pinch or 2 of coarse Kosher salt. Add milk gradually to reach desired consistency. BE CAREFUL, it gets too thin really quickly if you add too much milk, so be sure to mix in each tablespoon until you reach Nirvana in the onion dip realm. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. OMG, this stuff is so good!

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