Monday, March 27, 2017

Crock Pot Southwest Chowder with Farmers Pantry Cornbread Crisps

It has been a crazy couple of months around here but no matter how busy you get you can always dump some food in the crock pot and enjoy a great soup recipe later.  Today I'm sharing a recipe for Crock Pot Southwest Chowder.  And what goes better with the flavors of the southwest than cornbread.  So I'm also sharing about Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps.  Sprinkle a few on top of your soup and you will have one tasty meal for this chilly spring nights.  
Available now at WalMart stores in Indiana, Farmer's Pantry Cornbread Crisps come in three varieties: Honey Butter, Jalapeno, and Original.  They come in full size bags or snack size bags and this mom likes them because they are made using real corn in a nut free facility.  Perfect bite sized treats that are baked and not fried.  Enjoy on their own or garnish in a bowl of your favorite soup.
And now for the recipe:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Extra Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup in the crock pot.

This recipe for Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is so creamy I had to call it Extra Creamy.  It is so easy to make, and your family is sure to want seconds.
In our neck of the woods January has been pretty mild, and I am not complaining one bit.  A day without snow is a day closer to spring.  But every now and then there has been a drop in the temperatures and that calls for soup.  A good thick soup that will stick to your ribs.  One that goes well with a nice warm roll.  And besides the recipe I was also going to share a little about BFree Foods Bread.  We are a food allergy family, so whenever I can find products that are made in allergy free facilities I am always eager to try them and share.
While BFree Foods are labeled as Wheat and Gluten Free they are also egg and dairy free.  We found the taste and texture to be very pleasing and not dry at all.  It's great to know there are tasty options out there for those with food allergies.  BFree Foods makes wraps, buns, bread, rolls and bagels in white and brown seeded flavors. It can be found at Meijer stores.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cran-Apple Moscow Mule with a Lemon Rimmer

I enjoy a good cran-apple drink during the winter months.  There is something about those flavors that seem festive and can be adapted for fun and easy party drinks.  I recently, recieved a pair of Moscow Mule mugs, so when Stirrings asked me to try their cocktail mixers and rimmer garnishes, I knew I had to figure out a way to combine the two.  

This recipe I created flirts with a traditional moscow mule base in that is has vodka, ginger and citrus.  But since we are in the winter months I added some cranberry and apple flavors and some fizz just to be festive.  If you like sweeter drinks, I think this will be right up your alley.  I used Stirrings Apple Martini Mix and their Lemon Drop Rimmer to garnish.  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Reviewing the Kuissential Versa


A few weeks ago, I included the Kuissential Versa in my holiday gift guide for foodies.  Well today, I'm giving you a more in depth look at this unique all in one brewing system and travel mug. Just imagine being able to take your french press coffee on the go. No mess. No bitter taste, just a richly brewed hot coffee while you travel.

The Kuissential Versa uses a reverse french press brewing sytem.  The revolutionary process of removing the grounds allows your afternoon coffee to taste as delicious as your fresh brewed morning coffee.  Simply pull up the grinds and separate out the sediments from your drink and replace with a drinking lid.

Step One: Add coffee and water to the brewing capsule.  Then pull the plunger to adjust the mesh filter flush against the sides of the capsule.

Step Two: Place Coffee Mug over the brewing capsule, screwing in place and then turn over.  Allow coffee to seep for a couple of minutes.

Step Three: Pull up plunger to separate grinds from coffee. Unscrew the capsule and deposit for easy clean up.

Step Four: Screw on your travel mug spill proof lid, and enjoy your coffee anywhere.

The Kuissential Versa is dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

You can now purchase the Kuissential Versa on Amazon

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookie

Santa will scurry down the chimney a little quicker this year to get a taste of these Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies.  

There is something about the taste of my traditional Christmas cookies that make the holiday complete each year.  Sure the tree and lights are nice.  Family is great to have around.  And presents are fun.  But give me a sugar cookie or peanut butter blossom and that's when it is officially Christmas at my house.  The taste of those cookies are what I remember from my childhood and enjoy baking as an adult.  And along with the annual assortment of snicker doodles, snowball cookies and fudge, I like to try out a new recipe each year as well.  This years recipe I adapted off the back of a bag of Andes mints.  So without further ado I give you... Chocolate Peppermint Cruch Cookies.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Reviewing the 3DLightFX

 Miss MacchiOTTo loves playing with her My Little Pony's and now every night she has her very own Twilight Sparkle night light.  This 3DLightFX puts off the perfect glow using LED lights.  The unit stays cool to the touch and after 60 minutes it turns off by itself, which is perfect for putting little ones to sleep.

The 3DLightFX requires batteries (so it's cordless) and comes with a sticker to place behind it on the wall.  Since it doesn't require an outlet you can put the light ANYWHERE!!!  The instructions for hanging the night light are easy to read and follow.  I found the night light to be a high quality plastic with bright colors and nice details and would recommend this night light to anyone.  You can purchase this at Target and

Please note I was sent samples of this product in exchange for this blog post.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Technically there are 16 days of fall left until it is winter, so I'm not sharing this Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe too late.  Other food bloggers are just sharing Christmas recipes too early.  And besides Pumpkin flavor is never "out of season."  

This super simple Pumpkin Cheese cake recipe has only 9 ingredients.  It takes minutes to make and taste amazing.  So while fall colored leaves are still hanging on the trees I'm going to grab a fork and dig into this delicious cheesecake!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

De-stress this holiday with Crafters & Co. from Hallmark

If you think your holiday season is stressful, then I have a giveaway for you.  Hallmark is allowing me to review some of their Crafters & Co. candles, mug and soap.  Holiday scents and girly goodies are just what any mom needs during those hectic moments the holidays seem to bring.   
I'm going to pour myself a cup of coffee in my new Crafters & Co. mug from Hallmark and tell you all about my stressful holiday season thus far and it all started with an elf.  Yes, you know it, the infamous elf on the shelf.  We are currently in between houses and while I packed and planned and prepared for everything we could or would possibly need to get us through until the new house is finished, the one thing that never even crossed my mind till a couple of weeks ago Alex, our elf on the shelf.  I set aside boxes to be packed and easily accessed for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas trees, birthdays, snow pants, you name it.  If we would need it for a specific purpose I had it in a box. The one thing I forgot about was the elf.  And Thanksgiving weekend I searched through our 10 x 10 storage unit and came up empty handed.  I know he is in there, but there are too many boxes, stacked too tall to go through them all.
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Foodie Gift Guide

I'm guessing their might be a "foodie" on your gift giving list this year.  And if you are scratching your head about what to give them, let me give you a couple of unique ideas.  I get several food related products to try throughout the year, so I can tell you what will wow your/their tastebuds and what to steer clear of.  So for Christmas 2016 here are 5 gift ideas for people who like food.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Perfect nightlight for a My Little Pony fan

I have a 4 1/2 year old who is obsessed with My Little Pony's.  We have the ponys, the stable, the videos, clothes and now a 3D night light.
3DLIGHTFX 3D Deco Lights are the perfect gift this holiday season. They have a full range of comic book, super hero, Disney Princess, sports and car lights that look as though they are popping right out of the wall! They are battery operated and cool to the touch so you can place them any where in the room! Your kids will loves having these in their rooms and they're also the perfect editions to a den, family room, man's cave or office! The lights are cordless, battery operated and include the back ground sticker.  Find all of these amazing products at Target or

Please note I did receive free product in exchange for this blog post.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Keystone Mac-n-Cheese now at Kroger

Keystone Bar & Grill’s Famous Buffalo Bleu and BBQ & Bacon Mac & Cheese Now Available at Kroger – Help Celebrate Midwest’s Favorite Comfort Food Going Gourmet with an Exclusive Coupon Offer and a Sweepstakes

Nothing says, “Curl up on the couch with family and friends to watch some football” like a steaming plate of mac & cheese - - except perhaps a steaming plate of artisan mac & cheese!
A recent online poll shows more than half of Midwesterners claim mac & cheese as their favorite comfort food. Now Midwesterners can get a gourmet-twist on their mac & cheese from the grocery store.

For the first time, Cincinnati-based Keystone Bar & Grill is making available to homes across the Midwest its popular, uniquely flavored made-from-scratch Buffalo Bleu and BBQ & Bacon mac & cheese dishes in the freezer aisle of more than 200 Kroger stores. For $8.99, you can get a 16-oz serving to eat as an entrée for two, a side dish for four, or as popular mac & cheese bite appetizers for 8.

Limited-time exclusive coupon for my followers:
I worked out a special deal for my loyal followers. Save $2.50 when you try Keystone’s new mac & cheese. Yep, get dinner for two for under 7 bucks (almost 30% off) when you download my exclusive coupon here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Begin Again Farm A to Z Puzzle

My kids work hard at playing.  So when I can find something that is both fun and educational I consider it a win!!  Begin Again offers toys that are eco-friendly, educational and versatile.  While the toys are designed in Colorado they offer wooden or recycled plastic toys with no batteries and no mess.
We have a lot of farm toys, so the Farm A to Z Puzzle was perfect for us.  My two year old dumped it out on the floor and my 4 year old put it together.  This puzzle has 26 chunky pieces.  Each piece is made from rubber wood and is stained, not painted.  All are labeled with a letter that corresponds with the picture of an animal, plant, equipment or person on a farm. Great for children ages 3 and up.