Thursday, July 30, 2015

Win a copy of the 85th edition Twinkie Cookbook

Guess who's recipe just got published in the new 85th edition Twinkie Cookbook???  This girl!!!  That's right... Twinkies has a cookbook full of sweet and savory recipes for you to use your favorite snack product in.  There are chapters of this book dedicated to recipes using twinkies for cakes, pies, with fruit, chocolate, cream, meat and lots of other ingredients.  The first part of the cookbook tells a little background and history about the snack and their are fabulous color photos of several of the recipes to make you want to try it for yourself.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2015 Can-It-Forward Day

Canning Season is here.  So far this year I've put up cherries, peaches, green beans and tomato juice.  And theres still plenty of summer left so I know I'll be canning much more.  But I wanted to let you know about this years International Can-It-Forward day on Saturday, August 1st.   
Jarden Home Brands (the makers of Ball canning jars) will be hosting their 5th annual Can-It-Forward Day broadcast live online at from 11 am to 4 pm EST.  This event will celebrate the joys of fresh preserving.  Can-It-Forward Day encourages gardeners & food enthusiasts across the country to celebrate what “Made From Here” means to them by fresh preserving their favorite local ingredients in peak season. The webcast will have an integrated chat function where viewers can submit their home canning questions to be answered in real time. New this year, there will also be an exciting celebrity mason jar auction unveiled during the webcast!
I recently had the pleasure of reviewing some of Ball's new products.  First up are the Heritage Collection Jars. This year the color purple was released but in the past there has been green and blue jars.  I used them early this year for a party.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Folgers Iced Cafe'

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

This weeks edition of "What's In Ott, A's Latte'?" contains a new product and a giveaway!!!  I think its safe to say most coffee drinkers have had Folgers at some point in time.  However, there is a new line of Folgers Ice Cafe' Coffee which is simple to make and a great tasting summer time drink. I'll be honest I drink hot coffee year round, but during the summer months I do enjoy an iced coffee for my afternoon cup.  These Folgers Iced Cafe's are a coffee concentrate with sweetener and flavor enhancements in a small little bottle.  These bottles are convenient to carry and store and make on the go.  Simply add milk, ice, stir and enjoy.  And to celebrate this new line Folgers consumers have a chance to win prizes on Facebook and Twitter all summer long with the Folgers Friday Promotion.
Folgers Iced Cafe' contains 5 ingredients (none of which are sugar or preservatives) and is made with 100% coffee extract.  Available in 1.62 fluid ounce squeeze bottles and 4 tasty flavors.... Original Latte' Vanilla Latte', Caramel Macchiato and Hazelnut Latte.  These iced coffee drinks are about 10 calories per serving and contain 72 mg of caffeine per serving.  No refrigeration of the opened containers is necessary, but the packaging says that once opened it should be consumed within a month.  

Monday, July 20, 2015

Anchor Roasting

It's probably safe to say one of the newest Coffee Roasters in the Indianapolis area is Anchor Roasting.  Having just started in May of 2015, Anchor Roasting is owned and operated by a retired Navy Veteran who has carried out the Nautical theme throughout their business branding.  The names of the roasts and the looks of their packaging focus on Navy traditions, but don't worry, you don't have to be a sailor to enjoy a bold cup of their coffee.   
Using a gas powdered air roaster, this micro roaster can do two pounds at a time, which means special care and attention is given to each batch.  Currently Anchor Roasting is featuring Colombian Beans in three different roasts.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Apple Kissed Turkey Burgers with Red Gold's new Sriracha Ketchup

Wow!  Summer just got kicked up a notch!  I got to be one of the first lucky people to try Huy Fung Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Ketchup from Red Gold and let me tell you..... burgers on the grill will never be the same again.  While this ketchup is not in the stores just yet, you can buy it on amazon. And today I'm blogging about Red Golds Summer Grilling Giveaway and sharing a recipe for Apple Kissed Turkey Burger using this new spicy ketchup.
First up the Summer Grilling Giveway.  Red Gold is partnering with Lauras Lean Beef and Cheff JJ to bring you some great recipes to inspire your next cookout.  From June 24 till July 22 Red Gold is giving away a Big Green Egg each week as well as 100 Red Gold insulated bags. Simply visit their facebook page or website for your chance to enter.    
And now for the recipe using this new Sriracha ketchup from Red Gold.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mango Chicken Salad Wrap

Sometimes in the summer months you just need a cool and refreshing wrap for a meal.  No body wants to eat a hot an heavy meal on a humid summer day.  So here is a wrap that's easy to make and will definitely tickle your taste buds with the combination of Mangoes and soy sauce.  So without further ado here is a recipe for Mango Chicken Salad Wrap.  

Monday, July 6, 2015

Celebrate National Blueberry Muffin Day at McDonalds

I'm Lovin' the new McCafe' fresh baked muffins at McDonalds and if you haven't gotten a chance to try them yet.... then here's your chance.  This Saturday, July 11th is National Blueberry Muffin Day, and to celebrate your central Indiana McDonalds restaurants are giving away 50 FREE Blueberry Muffins starting at 7 am.  Simply visit your neighborhood McDonalds and be sure to be one of the first 50 customers and you can try one, no purchase necessary.
Each morning the McCafe' Muffins are baked up fresh and of course go great with a cup of coffee. There are three flavors available for purchase, Orange Cranberry, Blueberry and Double Chocolate topped with Oreo crumbles.  Perfect for a quick and easy breakfast or a great side item for larger breakfast meals.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

zen cafe' coffee

A while back I had a birthday and someone sent me bag of Zen Cafe' Coffee as a gift.  (Side note: Coffee is always the perfect gift for a coffee drinker.)  So I ground up the beans, brewed a pot of coffee, took a sip and realized I had to find out where this coffee came from.  After a quick internet search I found out a little more about this coffee roaster located in South Bend, Indiana and have since tried more of their coffees and am happy to share what I learned with you 
In business since 2010, the owner of Zen Cafe' has made a few trips to source his coffee beans.  You can see pictures of some of his travels on his instagram account.   While traveling in Honduras and Hawaii to visit coffee bean farms he looks for quality in product, elevation, growing practices, milling practices (i.e. wet fermentation/dry fermentation, pulped natural/honey, natural process) and for farmers who are passionate about their crop.  This attention to detail is reflected in every cup of coffee as I sampled the Honduras, Cafe' con Miel (pictured below).  As I recall this coffee had some fruit like characteristics that complimented some mild spice notes.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Water Wipes

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”
With having 2 babies in 3 years, no body knows Baby Wipes better than us. I can tell you what designs they have on them, what different varieties and brands smell like, packaging, pricing, you name it... I know it.  But we also learned early on that our kids have sensitive skin so we tend to look for more natural and fragrance free wipes.  When I recently learned of WaterWipes I was intrigued to find out that they are a chemical free wipe that only contain 2 ingredients... water (99.9%) and grapefruit seed extract (.1%).  I found them to be very soft and have a non greasy feel to them, almost like using cotton balls and water.  They come in a package of 60 wipes which is easy to store on a changing table or put in a diaper bag.  If you have a newborn, this is definitely the brand of wipes you want to start out with and I would recommend them to any first time mom.

(Here are the wipes tucked inside our diaper bag.)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mugs Coffee

When I sampled Mugs Coffee out of Anderson, Indiana I figured I better select the right mug from my mug tree to enjoy their blends.  And, my biggest mug was a good choice.  
Mugs Coffee & Tea started out as a wholesale coffee roaster and by 2014 opened a coffee shop in Anderson.  After just a year, the company now has 2 locations (one of which has a drive thru) and a menu of great drinks and food items.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Danish Cherry Spread

This Danish Cherry Spread is going to be so great this winter to use on cheesecakes, ice cream or even on toast.  I canned up some delicious sweet cherries in a syrup sauce and will now look forward to enjoying the taste of summer all winter long.  I got this recipe out of Ball's Complete Book of Home Preserving, and love that I can serve this as a runny sauce on things like ice cream or esily thicken it up to use on cheesecakes.
 I received the cherries for this recipe from the Washington State Fruit Commission.  For more ideas on how to preserve cherries check out

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cherry Marmalade

I was recently sent a sample of sweet cherries from the Washington State Fruit Commission to preserve.  The older I get the more I like the taste of cherries, so I was excited to get to work pitting and canning these delicious red beauties.  First up on my list was jam and after looking through my Ball Blue Book I decided on a recipe for cherry marmalade.  Although i had never made this recipe before I was really pleased with how it turned out.  the jars look beautiful and the marmalade has that citrs flavor that complements the sweetness of the cherries very well.  This is a breakfast jam we are sure to enjoy all year long!!!   
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