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What the Frack is that?

What the FRACK is that? v11.2.011 
 
Nov. 20, 2011 3:23 pm 
Updated: Nov. 28, 2011 1:44 pm
Disclaimer- The use of the word Frack as a noun, verb,  adverb, adjective, participle, dangling participle or any other type of word id purely a form of self indulgence and flattery.  If it offends you- stop reading- I am the one that has it for my surname and quite frankly I LOVE IT!  One more thing...This isn't a forum for Battlestar Gallactica either- don't tell me you were sucked in and then disappointed.


Thanks for the lovely reviews of last week's blog! For those of you just joining What the Frack is that? Keep reading for an explantion... Those of you who already get it...skip to the goods.


Ok, let's face it I like to buy stuff. Not expensive stuff, like my husbands stuff, but stuff just the same.  Cooking products and beauty things and stuff for my kiddos.
Sometimes it rocks- Sometimes not so much.


This blog is all about my stuff.  Mrs. Frack's stash...I am going to give you the low down on the products that you may have seen out in stores and let you know if it is a great find- OR NOT.


Here is my rating system:
Flipping FRACKTASTIC- 5 Stars
Frack-a-lackin'- 4 Stars
SatisFRACKtory- 3 Stars
Back the FRACK off...- 2stars
WTF (what the Frack?)- 1 Star


Let's get to this week's finds...


AUSSIE ICE
Turn everyday drinks into frozen fun!  So says the website...right.  What a SUCKER!  While visiting the Orange County Fair we stopped by the Aussie Ice booth- My kiddos were SO excited, commercials were running all month long, and the demo man was SO convincing. His Hawaiin Punch slushies looked refreshing and considering his "dump" pile of red ice in a heap behind him I figured it had to be easy to make- He was doing it all day long.  So I bought 2 sets of 2.  It was a great deal the demo man told me- 2 cups with lids, 6 "magic" ice cube packs and 2 spoon straws!!  Just for $19.99!  Times that by two sets, and for less than $40 we had our very own Slushie makers! Yippee! Oh, the plan was to make all sorts of lovely concoctions- frozen chocolate milk, decaf coffee creations, frozen sodas, fruit juice slushies and kool aid icees! When we got home the kids froze the "magic" ice cube packs; which resembled poor man's breast implants (I am serious and they felt like it too). The next morning, they placed them in their cups, we filled their drinks of choice to the fill line, capped it and they got to shaking. And shaking- as they were nearing the two minute mark, when the magic slush is supposed to be ready, they  opened their lids, spoon-straw in hand and what's this? Super cold liquid...so back to shaking they went.  Well, not all of them. Our 6 year old gave up and drank his apple juice.  Our 9 year old guilted Dad into shaking his for about 5 minutes more and had chocolate icee milk- which after trying was decided that it was gross and he will never, ever drink that again.  Our 11 year old, hell bent on making his very own "Starbuck's" Decaf Iced Mocha "Cappucino",  shook AWAY for a good 7 minutes.  You know that was the best darn drink he ever had.  Needless to say after 3 or 4 uses they sit in my cupboard taunting me...Hey, I was caught up in the moment.  These cups were going to create wonderful bonding memories for our entire family, oh well.
 (Get this..you know why they call it Aussie Ice?  Because the creator of the product, who lived in Australia  liked to have beer slushies- can you see it now?  He's in the Outback; chucking his "magic cubes" into his glass- pouring in his beer and SHAKING away- I wonder how long beer takes? And for those of you Aussies out there- YES, I know that beer slush is a common drink Down Under.  It's just that the image makes the parting of my 40 bucks MUCH easiser.)




RATING:  Back the FRACK off...




BOLTHOUSE FARMS HONEY MUSTARD YOGURT DRESSING
I am pretty much a salad freak.  We eat salad with dinner at least 3 times a week.  My kid's standby is Italian dressing.  I on the other hand can't seem to part with 100 calories for dressing when that could be spent on a glass of wine; just saying- that's where Mamma's priorties lie.  Anyway, I am a calorie counter and a ingredient snooper and when I found this I thought for sure it was going to be OK.  It wasn't OK- it was AWESOME!   The main ingredient is yogurt but it also has fruit and veggie juices, spices, apple cider vinegar...it's  all natural, no added sugar, no trans fat and no preservatives or MSG.  THE BEST PART? 45 Calories for a 2 TBS serving.  Let me repeat that.  45 calories for 2 TBS and only 1.5 g fat.  Amazing!  I have also tried the Thousand Island Variety and it is SO very good.  If you know anything about Thousand Island Dressing you know that it is like eating a side of fries with your lettuce; regular varieties pack a wallop in the calorie department- 150 calories for 2 TBS.  Bolthouse Farms version? 70 calories/5.5 g fat. 
After going on and on about how amazing this salad dressing was our 11 yr old now loves this as much as I do.
PS- it's Gluten Free!  My bottle cost me about $3.59.  Honestly, now I don't even look at the price.  It is SO worth it.
RATING: Flipping FRACKTASTIC!!




When you have had enough of salad try these yummy melts for lunch...


Fracktastic  HONEY MUSTARD MUFFIN MELTS

  • 2 English Muffins. split in half
  • 4 tsp honey mustard dressing
  • 4 slices of tomato
  • 4 slices of provolone cheese
  • Black pepper
     
    Lighlty toast English Muffins. Spread one tsp of dressing on top of each half. Top with tomato and cheese slices. Sprinkle with black pepper. Broil in oven or toaster for 4 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
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    Comments
    njmom 
    Nov. 20, 2011 3:34 pm
    hmmmm...thanks for the info, now have to look for that salad dressing! :-)
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 4:52 pm
    NJ MOM! (I used to live near Jersey) thanks for the post. The dressing is outrageous. You can find it in the refrigerated dressing section in the produce area.
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:01 pm
    This is such a fun blog Nicole. Love it and look forward to more!!!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:06 pm
    Fracktastic! as always.....
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:09 pm
    They have that dressing at Smith's near me.....Yippee!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:48 pm
    Definitely going to look for that dressing! Thanks for the tip. The melts sound great, too. (You know I was kidding about BG in your other blog, right?) :)
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 7:52 pm
    LOL I Hate it when those Terrific inventions fall flat and we feel like butt heads for falling for them!"( Now that dressing looks Great! MMMMMMMMM. I will look for it. Thanks and Happy Gobble Gobble to you and yours!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 8:08 pm
    Oooh, gonna check this out!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 9:03 pm
    Thanks Val!!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 9:04 pm
    Jules aka Maui. You are too sweet!! Let me know what you think about the dressing!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 9:06 pm
    JAMJMine- you weren't the only one. Had to make sure that no one else was mislead. :) no worries!!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 9:07 pm
    Party Cakes- butt head for sure. What a waste of money!! Happy Turkey Day to you my friend!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 9:08 pm
    LilSnoo- thank you!!
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 9:09 pm
    Patty. Not party. Darn auto spell.
     
    Nov. 20, 2011 10:09 pm
    I hope you can come to Baking Nana's cookie decorating party for a Fracktastic good time!
     
    Alex 
    Nov. 21, 2011 4:28 am
    ooh I'll have to look for that dressing! I loooove honey mustard. I've had bolthouse farms yogurt dressing before, but have never the honey mustard! (the ranch is pretty good though)
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 7:11 am
    Fracktabulous - Sounds like Aussie Ice is the culinary equivalent of the shake weight....now to go look for the Bolthouse.....
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 7:47 am
    Heard about that AUSSIE thing....I have to look on the EAST coast for the dresing...sounds heavenly!
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 8:25 am
    Love the blog! P.s. I was totally thinking the word frack was gonna lead to a blog about directional drilling. Boy was I wrong! Good stuff. :)
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 10:09 am
    1gdcowgrl I thought the same thing.
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 10:47 am
    Ha! None of that Fracking here. :)
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 10:54 am
    another Fracking hillarious blog, I envy your last name, but my boys would have WAY too much fun with it. The Aussi ice cups, place some clean snow into the cup and top with favourite liquids, less shaking involved but cool looking cups LOL. I also hate gadgets that bust. Love honey mustard, I will look for the Kraft brand here.
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 4:40 pm
    Frackalicious! I will now have to hunt down that salad dressing!
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 7:45 pm
    RNG- if we only had snow! Miss that just a little bit. :)
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 7:46 pm
    BigShotsMom- find it. You will love it!!
     
    Nov. 21, 2011 7:48 pm
    Alex- I bought the salsa ranch on Friday. Haven't tried it yet but I hope to soon. Doug- totally like the shake weight. X-ray- I KNOW!! My kids are into so much my weekends and weekdays for that matter are filled up. :( Nini- you have to let me know if you get the dressing!!
     
    K-Dub 
    Nov. 22, 2011 9:05 am
    I love your blogs!!! ha ha ha ha I am now looking forward to them every week! The rating system is quite possibly one of the best rating systems out there! I LOVE the lip gloss from your first blog. I've got it on my list of things to get for stocking stuffers. Keep them coming!!!
     
    lenfrack 
    Nov. 22, 2011 11:00 am
    That makes perfect sense using Yogurt for the base. Thanks for the tip! I have been using sour cream for creamy salad dressing until now.
     
    guyanne 
    Nov. 22, 2011 11:33 am
    I want to hear about the noodles and. Cabbage--recipe maybe? Guyanne
     
    Nov. 22, 2011 12:21 pm
    Thanks KDub!!! You are too sweet!!
     
    Nov. 22, 2011 12:22 pm
    Len-nice last name. LOL. Send me your homemade recipe. I would live to make it.
     
    Nov. 22, 2011 12:27 pm
    Guyanne-how did you know that that is one of my FAVORITE dishes?????!
     
    Nov. 22, 2011 4:40 pm
    I have the aussie ice cups too. I know what you mean. I was disapointed greatly. When you take out the ice cubes you only have about 1/2 cup of slush! O well... P.S. Love the blog!
     
    Nov. 23, 2011 8:40 am
    CookandBakeGirl-you are right! That little peeve didn't make it to my review. But come to think of it you are SO right. Did any of your magic cubes pop? Few of ours did.
     
    lenfrack 
    Nov. 23, 2011 8:53 am
    I never measure when I make my dressings. I was just using sour cream for the base and any herb or flavoring you want to add. I often use ketchup and Texas Pete Hot sauce with some seasonings. It's creamy, zippy,often HOT, and good. I will be trying the very same thing with Yogurt soon. Thanks again Nichole!!!
     
    Nov. 23, 2011 7:34 pm
    Mine didn't pop, but my straw broke in the dishwasher!
     
    Nov. 25, 2011 10:34 am
    Not the straw!! That's the best part o the whole system. Ha.
     
    Nov. 25, 2011 8:12 pm
    Or should I say the strawpoon!
     
    Nov. 25, 2011 9:40 pm
    Love it again, and again...interesting fractoid, I've never seen the dressing up here in these parts, but I'll look for it. It sounds wonderful.
     
    Abby 
    Nov. 26, 2011 4:29 am
    Hope they have that dressing in PA!
     
    Nov. 26, 2011 8:07 am
    I'm gonna go buy that salad dressing if I can find it, 'cause if it means I can have another glass of wine, I'm all over it!! :D Cute blog! Very enjoyable!!
     
    Nov. 26, 2011 8:12 am
    PS. DS bought a "shake" cup that has a wire ball to mix up a protein shake. Didn't work. That and the GIANT jar of Muscle Milk still sitting there.... That was last summer. :-/
     
    Nov. 26, 2011 8:18 am
    Thanks for the gluten free info~ I'll keep that dressing on my try list! Great blog once again!
     
    Nov. 27, 2011 7:11 pm
    Fraktastic blog - I love your rating system!
     
    Nov. 27, 2011 11:55 pm
    will have to check out that dressing. loved reading!
     
    Nov. 28, 2011 1:44 pm
    Thanks Girls!! I am late getting #3 out... Mickdee- IS THAT A BARBIE UNDER A CHRISTMAS TREE! LOL i nearly spit out my tea!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
     
     
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