Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas in October ... No thanks!

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BakeitFun Baking Mat Review Review #bakingmat

If you are anything like me you love to bake! With the holidays coming up that is one of the things I am looking forward to the most. The problem this year is that I have cut down on a lot of my sugar induced eating habits. I have had to cut a lot of calories out of my diet and normally that means sweets.

One way I have found that really helps to cut down on calories is eliminating a lot of oil from my diet! Whether it’s regular cooking oil or even cooking sprays they add a lot of calories that in my opinion are useless and a waste of a perfectly good calorie!

One of my new favorite ways to save on oily calories is to use a BakeitFun Baking Mat. This is a great tool when I am making oven fried chicken, or homemade baked French fries. With the baking mat I don’t feel the need to load up on oil because the mat prevents the items I am cooking from sticking. 

The BakeitFun Baking Mat does an amazing job with cookies! Imagine that making homemade cookies in the oven without having to spray your cookie sheet down with oil. I love it! It feels empowering knowing that I don’t have to add wasted and unhealthy calories in every time I use the oven. 

I have to say I have used this mat at least 15 times now and you wouldn’t know it by looking at the mat it still looks brand new. It doesn’t yellow, or crack or even roll up while you are trying to use it. This is a genius invention that every cook should have in their kitchen. This would make a wonderful stocking stuffer if you ask me!! Hint Hint Hubby you can never have too many!!

Fun Facts about the BakeitFun Baking Mat:

  • Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat With Measurements - 420mm x 280mm (16-1/2" x 11") with Free Recipe eBook. 
  • Toaster Oven & Freezer Safe - Cookie, Macaron & Pastry Sheet.
  • Certified FDA Approved
  • This is a USA Half Size Baking Mat - 16-1/2" x 11" (280x420mm) - Custom designed cut corners fits perfectly a 13"x18" pan.
  • Manufactured using FDA and LFGB approved materials - Made of fiber cloths covered with the best food grade silicone
  • BakeitFun Baking Mat doesn't require any grease, get rid of the extra fat or shortenings - Cook Nontoxic: Our mat is BPA free.
  • Non-Stick surface eliminates the need to scrub - Keep your baking sheets always clean - Just rinse with warm water and air dry or dish wash, then roll it and store.
  • Reusable mat with outstanding heat conductivity - Perfect to use in oven, microwave or freezer - Takes up to -40F (-40 C) degrees to 450F (230 C) degrees - Flavors or odors will not penetrate the baking mat
Purchase your BakeitFun Baking Mat on!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

ChillaVino Wine Chiller Stick Review #ChillaVino

I can’t ever think of a time when wine isn’t a good idea and I don’t know many people who wouldn’t agree with me. One thing that is a must for me when I am drinking wine is that it must be chilled! I cannot drink wine that is warm! Yuck!

I have tried many Pinterest ideas to keep the wine chilled like adding frozen fruit to the wine or even putting potholders around the wine bottles but unfortunately during a dinner party having potholders with rubber bands around your wine doesn’t look too presentable. As a matter of fact it looks really tacky although it is a funny conversation piece.

Recently I had the opportunity to try the ChillaVino Wine Chiller Stick! This is probably one of the handiest items I have tried in forever!

The ChillaVino Wine Chiller Stick keeps your wine at the perfect temperature while your dinner party is going on or while you are having a romantic movie night on the couch. It’s a 4 in 1 product because not only does it keep your wine chilled but it’s also an aerator, the pourer insures a dripless pour, and it is a stopper so that you can have more wine at a later time without the hassle or dealing with the original stopper.

There are so many things to love about the ChillaVino WineChiller Stick! I love the fact that it makes a beautiful presentation before you even take it out of the box. The setup and the box are so nice that you can easily see yourself giving these away as holiday gifts! (HINT HINT) The second thing I love is just how well it’s crafts and how beautiful it looks in a wine bottle. It makes a beautiful presentation! It also does a wonderful job of keeping your wine chilled and crisp just the way you want it. It guarantees that it will keep your wine chilled for approximately but each time I have used it we get quite a bit longer chilling time out of it.

We had some friends over a few weekends ago for dinner and decided it was the perfect time to try the ChillaVino Wine Chiller Stick out on them. We got everything set up and at the table then brought out the wine! The first thing my friends Margeaux said was WHAT IS THAT? We explained what the ChillaVino Wine Chiller Stick and how it worked. She freaked out over it! She said … I want one of those for Christmas! You could tell her husband was happy to have a Christmas idea!
I never thought the ChillaVino Wine Chiller Stick could not only meet my expectations but exceed them. This is a handy tool that I highly recommend to any wine lover!

Interested in a ChillaVino Wine Chiller Stick for yourself? Visit to place your order! You can also find them on Facebook!

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Brieftons InstantVeg Spiralizer Review #InstantVeg

The last few month my family and I have been trying very hard to eat better so that we can lose a little weight but more importantly feel better. One way we have gone about cutting unnecessary carbs and fat out of our diet is to eliminate pasta from our plates. Don’t get me wrong we LOVE pasta but as science has proven, pasta does not love us!

To replace (I use this word loosely) pasta in our lives we have turned to making vegetable pasta such as spiral sliced vegetables to work as a mock pasta. Although they don’t have anyone fooled with their vegetable taste and texture it works for us in a pinch.

In order to accomplish our mock-pasta look we have been using the Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral SlicerThe Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral Slicer is designed to transform almost any firm vegetable and fruit into delicious spaghetti-like strands or incredibly thin, long vegetable ribbons.

Perfect as a kitchen tool to prepare vegetables for healthy culinary pleasures. It turns zucchinis, carrots, radishes, beetroots, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, apples and many more fruits/vegetables into eye-catchers on every plate, and add plenty of colors and textures to otherwise boring dishes. Although I must admit it takes time and patience to accomplish this task.

The Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral Slicer can help out just about any diet out there! No matter whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, raw foodist, or just looking for an easy way to add more vegetables into your diet.

The Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral Slicer is well crafted and very durable. I can see this being a product that you have in your kitchen for years to come. My only beef with the Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral Slicer is that is hard to clean. If you are looking to add cleaner eating into your diet then a little extra work in the kitchen should prove to be worth the trouble by using the Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral Slicer.

When you buy a Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral Slicer you will also get an exclusive collection of 20 healthy, tasty spiral slicer recipes that can be used with your spiralizer right away.

What makes the Brieftons InstantVeg Spiral Slicer Special:
  • Perfect for making long veg strands for low carb, healthy veg meals quickly
  • Turn almost any firm vegetable into fine spaghetti-like strands or incredibly thin, long ribbons
  • Make professional-looking garnishes, apple chips, curly fries, onion rings, potato nests, elegant salads, vegetable pizza toppings, and so much more
  • Highly versatile thanks to the 4 blade modes for endless veg/fruit creations. The two high quality, ultra sharp stainless steel blades work hand in hand to make this spiral slicer highly efficient at making endless spiral slices
  • Vegetables can also be turned into thin, uniform slices, julienne strips by adding cuts prior to slicing
  • Minimum vegetable wastage. It leaves only a small vegetable disc in the tines of the turning vegetable holder
  • Made from top quality, 100% BPA-free, food-safe, durable reinforced ABS plastic
  • Non-electric, ideal for emergencies and camping
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Use the included cleaning brush to keep it in tip top condition
  • Use the included vegetable container with non-slip base to securely catch the resulting vegetable spirals, or without it to produce spiralized vegetables directly over pots and pans
  • Turn the base container into a storage container with the included aroma-protection lid
  • Safe to operate with an enclosed cutter. There is no risk of finger injuries
  • Compact, easy to disassemble and carried along when traveling
  • Works on any surface (as opposed to spiralizers with suction feet that need a flat surface to operate)
  • Easy quick-start guide with our demo videos, detailed assembly and operating manuals
  • Bonus Brieftons Spiral Slicer Recipe EBook and free ongoing recipe updates
Whether it is making garnishes to turn your dinner platter into a gourmet delight, preparing the most beautiful salads to wow your guests, making a healthy raw food pasta, or giving your family healthy and fresh potato chips, you can do it all. 

For more information visit Briefton InstantVeg Spiralizer on the web.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups Review #bestsiliconebakingcups

I love making cupcake and muffin for my family especially chocolate pumpkin but I have to admit I hate using paper cupcake tin or liners. If you find the cute pretty ones they often have an extremely bad chemical smell. The last time I made cupcake using them I couldn’t help but wonder what chemicals were in these liners and what this chemical smell could be doing to the health of my family. I love the colors and the holiday themes but I love my family more.

I also dislike how my cupcakes will often stick to the paper liner or how the liners will get wet and soggy leaving my yummy cupcake too moist. We you already live in a moisture filled climate in the south this means your cupcakes are going to become moldy and in a quick hurry.

In sticking with the colorful cupcake liner theme I found a wonderful line of silicone baking liners called Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups. I love these cupcake cake liner for so many reasons:
  • eco-friendly, reusable silicone baking cups
  • made of flexible silicone so they peel away easily from cupcakes and muffins
  • BPA free and Food Grade silicone
  • Versatile and can be used for all kinds of baked treats (cupcakes, muffins, mini cheesecakes) and frozen treats as well
  • safe temperature range of -40F-446F
  • Great to use the colors to separate gluten free baked items from regular baked items
  • silicone helps bake evenly
  • great for family fun; kids love them!
  • super easy to clean
  • comes in a pack of 12 (4 bright colors)
Yes, I said four bright colors. These colors will allow you to stick with your cute party theme and still have safe cupcakes for the kids to eat! I think they are wonderful because they bake evenly, the cupcakes come up without any mess or sticking and they can be used for so many things including side dish dividers on plates and in lunch boxes.  My friend Erin told me she always using them in her girls lunch. How fun is that!!

You can find Galley EssentialsSilicone Baking Cups on Amazon.

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Creamy Spinach and Ham Sandwich

This is a quick and easy breakfast that is loaded with veggies and is healthy too. You could serve this on bread, a wrap, or even just as a main dish. If you like spinach you will probably like this sandwich. I thought it was delicious! I was really impressed with how it turned out.

I was starving and wanted something for breakfast but I didn’t want to invest a lot of calories into breakfast. This turned out to be light and low in calories and filling. This are all requirements for me to really feel justified in investing the calories! I served this sandwich with a sides of black grapes!

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 ounce chopped onion
  • ½ small clove garlic
  • 1 once cooked ham (lunch meat)
  • 1 light garlic and herb laughing cow cheese or similar
  • Cooking spray
  • Bread or a wrap *
  1. Lightly spray skillet with cooking spray, to a heated pan add onion and garlic and cook until the onion is tender. 
  2. Next add ham and cook for 1-2 minutes then add spinach in small batches until all of the spinach is wilted down. 
  3. Last add cheese and allow it to melt down. Add to wrap or sliced bread.
2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus + Bread or Wrap
*Calories Below do not include bread or wrap

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Garlic Stir Fry Sauce

This is a really great base stir fry recipe! I say base because I changed this recipe up a bit. I did find this recipe to need a bit of a kick and far less sugar. As you can see from the recipe below I did note the changes we made with the sugar. I also think it could really use some kicked up spice. If you like really sweet then I suggest keeping the recipe the way it is, but if you don’t or you like spicy then I suggest lowering the sugar and kicking this recipe up!

I love adding this sauce to some brown rice and veggies for a low calorie lunch or dinner. Steamed veggies, brown rice, and stir fry sauce is a quick and easy meal that is not only delicious but also calorie affordable… and pocket book affordable too!! Enjoy!

  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup rice wine
  • 2-3 1/2 tablespoons sugar (3-1/2 was too much for us!)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  •  1 tbsp. vegetable oil (I used cooking spray to save calories)
  • 1/4 tsp. or more red pepper flakes (we felt like this recipe needed some heat)
  1. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, broth, rice wine, sugar, sesame oil and white pepper
  2. In a separate bowl dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup water
  3. Heat a medium pot over high heat; add the cooking oil, swirling to coat; add the garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, until fragrant.
  4. Add the soy sauce mixture; bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the cornstarch and water then cook, stirring, until the sauce boils and thickens.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday -River Paradise

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Magic Cookie Bars

This is a huge family favorite that we always make a Christmas time and here and there throughout the year. I LOVE them! Have you seen the Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie at Chili’s? Yep that’s magic cookie bars with ice cream on top! 

Yummo How about making Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie for the fraction of the price? This is a super simple recipe that anyone can make regardless of your cooking level! Give it a try and see what you think? If you are feeling extra naughty slap on some vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and chocolate sauce onto your bars for paradise pie!

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees for glass dish). Coat 13x9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture. Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts. Press down firmly with a fork.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into bars or diamonds. Store covered at room temperature.
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Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie at Chili’s From the Chili's Website

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Menu Plan Monday September 22-28, 2014

Happy Monday!!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Our weekend was very nice just very busy and too short! They can never be long enough! I am sure you would agree. 
Here is our menu plan. What do you have cookin’ this week?

 Week Day 
 Main Course 
 Side Dish 
Turkey Burgers
Chef Salads

Vegetable Chili
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Rice and Beans
Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry
Brown Rice

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