Showing posts from February, 2015

O'Cedar Robotic Floor Cleaner: Product Review

A few weeks ago ALDI had this O'Cedar Robotic Floor Cleaner for $19.99. I have always wanted an iRobot Roomba or Scooba but $600 for Rosie from the Jetson's was never in the budget. I decided to give this a whirl since it was only $20 and I know ALDI has a wonderful satisfaction guarantee.  1. For entertainment value, this thing is awesome! Our five-year-old likes to let it bump off of him and see what it does and Stella, our Boston Terrier is sure that it came to play. (I think it has a good chance of dying an early death at our house.) 2. For cleaning purposes, this is what I should have expected for $20. It is a bare floor duster with a static cling-type pad that velcros to the bottom. It is great at picking up dog hair and dust. It leaves behind anything that is heavy or sticky. I would say it compares to a Swiffer.  3. It comes with 3 cleaning pads and I am not sure if you could rinse, dry and reuse. I haven't tried it yet but I fully intend to. O'Cedar sells mor…

Queso Dip - without processed cheese!

A friend asked me to bring cheese dip to a SuperBowl party this past weekend and I was instantly determined to find a recipe for queso that did not involve a processed cheese product - a.k.a. "Velveeta" or any of its variations. (As a side note, her husband said, "I hope she doesn't do anything weird to it." He knows me all too well!) After scouring recipes, I finally found something to work with and decided to wing it. I think it turned out really well and retains the creaminess without having ingredients I can't pronounce. Ingredients 8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded 8 oz. cream cheese 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies with the juice  2 T. milk - possibly more 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/2 tsp. garlic salt Directions 1. In a medium saucepan over low to medium heat, melt the cheeses and mix in the whole can of tomatoes. Keep stirring until the cheeses have all meted together. (Don't microwave as I find it gets rubbery…