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What the Frack is that?

What the FRACK is that? v1.4.012 
Jan. 28, 2012 7:40 pm 
Updated: Feb. 11, 2012 9:43 am
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 Galactica either- don't tell me you were sucked in and then disappointed. ALSO- NO directional drilling here.

Here is my back story...I like to buy stuff. Not expensive stuff, like my husband's 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

Okay! This week's finds..

Vent Sticks- Car Air Fresheners
While shopping this holiday I saw these little clips from across the check out aisle at Target and had to check them out.  What were they, these little brightly colored, cute, stick things with gem like discs on the end? THEY WERE CAR AIR FRESHENERS and for $1.87 a pack who could beat that?  NO ONE.  My son chose the "flavor" because apparently, "I never let him choose anything." Wah, Wah, Wah...  He picked Fresh Linen and Cucumber Melon.  A good pick- they come four to a pack, two sticks of each.  I could keep the Fresh Linen and I would give the Cucumber Melon to my husband; he likes that fragrance.  Out in the parking lot we fished the pack out of a bag and we popped them in.  They are little plastic clips that slide into your air vents with a click- they stay in place.  Once they were in we were off!  The fragrance works with airflow from the vents so I cranked the heat and the airflow to max. About 3 blocks into our drive I looked over at my son and he had his shirt over his nose.  I thought the smell was a little strong too so I switched the airflow to the defroster to give the sticks a rest.  Almost home and now  and both our windows were rolled down.  Rain and cold is welcome to fragrance asphyxiation any day.   HOLY COW these sticks are STRONG!  I figured I would give them a day or so to mellow before I made my decision to get rid of them.  Next day; got in the car for a long drive into LA- NO airflow through the vents and those little sticks only lasted 5 miles.  Took them out and at the nearest gas station I chucked them.  As for the cucumber melon ones?  I was going to play a joke on my husband and put them in his car but then I realized I loved him and that would be a really cruel joke. 

Rating: WTF?

Knorr HomeStyle Stock
I didn't know what to expect with these little tubs.  Believe it or not I got a free sample of this at the grocery store before I bought it.  The demo lady must have had to high-tail it out of the store before she could clean up her junk and she left them on the table with a coupon- BUT NO DIRECTIONS.   I took one. Seriously I am a role-Mother. Only one.  Although knowing what I know now  I should have tilted that table right into my purse.  The sample sat in my pantry for a few weeks.  I really had no idea how to use it when opportunity reared it's ugly head. I thought I had chicken stock and I didn't so I had to try it.  The sample said that one tub was equal to 3 1/2 cups of stock.  Ok, I only needed two cups of stock and figured the extra flavor would be fine.  When I opened up the top of the tub I thought I would be looking at a liquid to pour into my skillet instead I was looking at a gelatinous blob.  It plopped out of the tub.  Ugh, I thought- this is going to be gross.  It incorporated itself into the dish and you know what?  It was so GOOD!  I used the coupon and bought a pack of 4 and now I am on my second pack.  I LOVE them.  It does add a great flavor to any recipe and it cuts down on the simmer time because the flavor is already there.  I have only used the chicken version.  It has no MSG, is low fat and cholesterol free but the sodium content is pretty high, actually really high. If it weren't for that I would give it a 5. 

Rating: Frack-a-lackin'
Here is a coupon if you want to try it:

Turkey Dinner Potatoes
(aka: weeknight fast meal- sounds gross but it's not)
4 medium size YUKON GOLD potatoes scrubbed clean
1 package of Jenny O turkey breast cutlets, cut into cubes
1 onion chopped
3 tbs olive oil
2 tubs Knorr Homestyle Stock
2 cups water
7 oz. Jellied Cranberry Sauce (1/2 can)
Pepper to taste

1. Prick potatoes with fork and place on a microwave safe plate.  Cover with a wet paper towel and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook onion until it is translucent.
3. Add turkey breast and cook until no longer pink.
4. Add water to the pan along with homestyle stock and cranberry jelly.  Mix until incorporated.
5. Bring to boil; turn down heat to simmer- simmer until sauce is thickened.
6. Check potatoes and cook until soft; about 2 minute intervals until done.
7. Place potatoes on a plate and cut open- mash gently with a fork.
8. Top with turkey and gravy.

If you have any Fracktastic items that you want to me know about send me a note @
Jan. 28, 2012 8:00 pm
I'm ever so happy to see that Knorr can make something without MSG. Maybe they'll change their recipe for their soup mixes so I can make Cindy's clam chowder! Or any of the recipes that call for leek soup mix.
Jan. 28, 2012 8:02 pm
Flipping FRACKTASTIC!!!!
Jan. 28, 2012 8:22 pm
I live in very small town on the edge of the continent. I have to have everything shipped in. I wanted demi glace. I went to both of our stores to talk to the butcher. First one thought it was a cut of meat. Second one knew what it was but didn't carry it. I am settling for double reducing some home made beef stock. I saw the Knorr stock in the store. Do you think it would sub for demi glace? I would appreciate your insight because I can't buy veal bones here either to make my own demi. Thanks for your thoughts.
Jan. 28, 2012 8:54 pm
Marianne! How the heck are ya? I will keep looking for MSG- Free stuff for you my friend.
Jan. 28, 2012 8:55 pm
Cliff! You are SO sweet!!
Jan. 28, 2012 8:57 pm
Pelicangal- YES. This could be a a good sub/base for your demi glace. You won't have to take the time to reduce your stock. You can add teh amount of water you want and add the Knorr- then you are done. Where do you live, if you don't mind me askng?
Jan. 28, 2012 9:27 pm
I just bought the Knorr stock little tub thingies and also have not used it because ..... well, it was hurting my brain to figure out how and when to use. You have pushed me into a brave direction and I will try them this week!! Just nice to know someone used them and they were good. Fracktastic!!
Jan. 28, 2012 9:43 pm
Chris, I think you will like them a lot! I am on my third pack- I use them for everything now. Wish they had a Veggie Version. Check back in and let us know how you used them.
Jan. 28, 2012 9:53 pm
ROFLMAO... and my son is looking at me with that face that says "WTF".. I will have to look or those "Refresh" things to see if they have them up here.. that would be such a laugh in Hubby's Work Van! Good to hear that the those Knorr stock cups are so good!
Jan. 28, 2012 10:03 pm
Lobster! You have both me and my son laughing over that. He said DON'T do it. They are instant headaches. HA!!
Jan. 29, 2012 6:37 am
I've seen the Knorr products in the store and thought they were a bit pricey. Next time I may grab some on your recommendation! Thanks!
Jan. 29, 2012 6:40 am
Your blog is always FRACKtacular! :)
Jan. 29, 2012 6:47 am
I have to watch our sodium. 1 cup of that prepared stock has 30% of your daily sodium. Yikes!
Jan. 29, 2012 6:48 am
Sorry, I just read the last line of your blog & you mention that - I'm bad at skimming!
Jan. 29, 2012 7:46 am
I love your blog. Your son is like mine-always wants to have this or that. He asked me why I don't make Frito pie. Of course, I told him I couldn't read his mind and I didn't know he wanted Frito pie. LOL! So far, I haven't seen the stock here in my neck of the woods.
Jan. 29, 2012 8:51 am
Maridele- there is a link above for a coupon. I bet you could find a better deal than the one I posted. There was a $1.00 off in last week's paper here. I tried to find that one but the dollar off coupon I found said off 2.
Jan. 29, 2012 8:52 am
WFDM- Thanks! I have you on the brain today-I am thinking about your pretzel dogs- YUM!
Jan. 29, 2012 8:56 am
Scotdog- I KNOW! It's amazing the amount of sodium in those babies. I went back and forth about posting that product since it isn't the best choice for people watching their intake. I figured I would post it, because the product really does what it says and lower my rating because of the sodium. Thank you for checking out the blog. :)
Jan. 29, 2012 9:00 am
Lela- aren't kids amazing?? Yes, they sound very similar. My oldest- the one in the blog- was grounded to his room yesterday with no video games, tv or computer. He could read, write or draw. That little bugger came down for dinner (grounding over) and handed me an origami rose and lily- took him all day- with a little apology note on the leaves. Master Manipulator- where the h@ll does he get that?? PS- I am going to check your recipe box for FRITO PIE (SOUNDS SO GOOD). If it isn't there can you post it here?? THANKS!
Jan. 29, 2012 1:30 pm
I got into a taxi recently that had some sort of overpowering air freshener. I thought I would have an asthma attack before I got home and the driver kept saying "Smells good!" He honestly couldn't understand why I was unhappy. I've seen the Knorr stocks but they are a bit expensive and I always have frozen chicken stock. I wonder do they make it in veal...I need veal demi glace for a recipe. Hmmm - off to search - Thanks!
Jan. 29, 2012 1:34 pm
Pelicangal lives on the south coast of Oregon in a beautiful little town that is quite isolated. I have been through there a few times when doing a Hwy 101 scenic drive and it is spectacular.
Jan. 29, 2012 4:10 pm
Your BLOG is soooo COOL! I will def try the Chix Stock! Was wondering about that...so gold you tried first,,,
Jan. 29, 2012 5:35 pm
I am so glad you wrote. I bought some on a whim, they have been sitting in the cabinet looking at me every time I open it......."use me, use me", I didn't know what to do with them, I was actually kind of afraid of them. Now I know and I shall use them promptly. I make my own stock and freeze it but sometimes I have not defrosted and need some quick.
Jan. 30, 2012 10:14 am
Hi Mrs Frack, My darling husband recently told me about your blog. I love it! And I immediately subscribed. Love, Your neighbor. :)
Feb. 1, 2012 7:07 pm
OK - so my son and his girlfriend bought Chinese food, today, for lunch. My son wanted me to try a bite of what he had - so I did. He asked me how it was and I responded: "Meh, it's Frack-a-lackin'"! LOL! They couldn't stop laughing at me and now it is their new fave phrase! Too funny!
Feb. 1, 2012 7:08 pm
For goodness sake! These spammers are a pain in the butt!
Feb. 2, 2012 1:46 pm
Your blog is fracken' hilarious!
Feb. 2, 2012 6:18 pm
BSM: Ugh- I bet he had those dang sticks in his vent. The smell hurts. It really does. HAHA
Feb. 2, 2012 6:19 pm
Lady Mary! XOXOXO
Feb. 2, 2012 6:20 pm
Cover Girl: Did you try them yet? They look so gross when they plop out of the tub- but the flavor is good.
Feb. 2, 2012 6:20 pm
YAY Mair- you made my day!!!
Feb. 2, 2012 6:22 pm
WFDM- It's catchy isn't it. My nickname for my husband is "hey FrackFace" people think I am saying something nasty. It's so funny.
Feb. 2, 2012 6:23 pm
Carrie- Thanks Sista!
Feb. 4, 2012 5:27 am
Fracktabulous blog!!! Thanks for the warning on the vent sticks!
Feb. 4, 2012 7:12 am
Hey awesome blog! Always wanted to try the stock packets. Now, I'll have to!
Feb. 4, 2012 8:31 am
Great info! Thank you! Maybe Knorr's will come out with a low sodium or salt free version as they become more popular!
Feb. 4, 2012 5:49 pm
"This isn't a forum for Battlestar Galactica either" Okay maybe not..........but it pulled me up to turn to read this post! : ) Well done! Good info too.
Feb. 5, 2012 9:36 am
Another enjoyable one! Look forward to the next! Love the insight!
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