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Monday, November 30, 2015

This Or That Giveaway Hop--- PlasmaCar

I am joining with some other bloggers to offer an awesome giveaway hop. There are many prizes to be won. Each blogger has a different prize on their blog. My prize is a cool kid powered PlasmaCar. This cool car is a fun ride on toy that even adults can enjoy. Click here to see my full review and videos of the PlasmaCar in action. Enter to win this cool ride on toy on the below entry form and then hop to some other blogs to enter to win other wonderful prizes.

Thanks to The Mommy Island, The Kids Did It, and The Review Wire for putting together this awesome giveaway hop. Good luck!

                   a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older. Chances of winning giveaway depends on number of entries. All entries will be verified. Winner will be notified within 24 hours of end of contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen.  Void where prohibited.

"These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned product to facilitate this post."

Chocolate Mousse Cake

     Check out this delicious chocolate cake that I made for Thanksgiving. My family love chocolate when it comes to desserts. I made this cake with the help of a cool baking pan called the Love Cooking Gourmet Fill N Flip™. This cool pan from Love Cooking allows you to fill your cake with your favorite filling. The set comes with two pans that are designed with an opening in the center for your filling and then fit together perfectly to make frosting the cake simple. Your guests will be surprised when you cut into the cake and a yummy chocolate mousse filling is discovered. See my recipe at the end of page.

The Love Cooking Company also makes some other cool baking pans. Here are two others that I had fun trying out, 

The PushPan® allows you to remove your cake from the pan without a mess. The pan is an alternative to a spring-form pan and with a simple push, your cake comes out of the pan. No more having half the cake remaining in the pan.

I also used the Push Pan to make a pumpkin cheesecake and loved how easy my cake came out of the pan. It looked wonderful! Try doing that with a pie pan.

The last item that I tried was the Mrs. Fields Cutie Cakes™ Baking Pan. This pan makes 48 bite-size cakes which are perfect for parties.

I did not have much luck with this pan though. I followed the instructions when I filled each section with my cake batter. My cakes still over-flowed and were difficult to get out of the pan. I even greased the pan.

This was all I was able to salvage from the pan. These cakes are very small and hard to frost too, I put a penny on the dish so you could understand the size. This pan involved to much work for me for these little cakes. Maybe you might have better results with the pan.

To see these cool pans and more cool baking products, visit the below link. These pans are perfect for the holiday season.  Save 10% on your order with code LOVE10 

Here is my recipe for the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake.

 Chocolate Mousse Cake


1 box chocolate cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

Chocolate Mousse Filling and Frosting
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 container white frosting 
1 container chocolate frosting

First, thoroughly butter and flour both pans. Then fill with cake batter, made from directions on box,1 about three quarters of the way. Bake according to your cake recipe. Remove from the oven and let cool. Carefully flip each pan upside down and remove the pieces. Add half the chocolate mousse filling/frosting to the cake with the larger opening. Place the non-filled cake on top of the filled cake. Then frost with the remaining mousse/frosting.

While cake is baking and cooling, you can prepare the filling/frosting.

To prepare the filling/frosting

 In medium microwavable bowl, place chocolate chips and whipping cream. Microwave uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once every minute, until chocolate is melted. Stir until mixture is smooth. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Add frostings to chocolate mixture. Beat with electric mixer on high speed 1 to 2 minutes or until well blended and fluffy.

"These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned products in exchange for a review."

Friday, November 27, 2015

Celebrate the Holidays With MixBook And Save Now on Holiday Gifts! .

 I love sending holiday cards with photos. I also love sending photo books to my mom as she is not online and misses out on the photos of the kids.

    Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the festive and sentimental Merry Christmas photo book. Snowflakes, candy canes and colorful ornaments are featured on joyful holiday backgrounds to showcase your photographs. Layouts allow you to build collages, feature a portrait across the gutter or frame snapshots inside holiday artwork. Your personal quotes and tags are highlighted in eye-catching typography.

Merry Christmas is part of our Seasonal Photo Books Collection and is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee, just like all of our other photo books, cards, and calendars. Mixbook uses only the highest-quality, heavy-weight papers that are ethically sourced from sustainable forests and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Rainforest Alliance.

3 sizes available
Digital Press
Printing Time
1-2 business days
With Mixbook, everything is customizable. Add your own photos and text, change the layout, add stickers and backgrounds - you are free to design a Book that is personal to you!

 My readers get to save just in time for the Holidays! 50% off cards & 10x10 photo books + 40% off site wide!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Monthly Pepper Box Is A Miniature Hot Sauce Festival Delivered To Your Door Every Month

Check out this awesome gift idea for the pepper/hot sauce lover!

Your best friend in the pursuit of all things hot sauce, Monthly Pepper Box is like having a miniature hot sauce festival delivered to your door every month. Each month discover savory gems of artisan hot sauces for only $22. Every box, you'll get 3 bottles of succulent heat ranging from a "Low Burn" to "Call the Fire Department" from hot sauce companies you've never heard of. Get 10% off your membership (Gift & Ongoing) at Monthly Pepper Box. It's the perfect box for the Pepper Head in your life, especially if that Pepper Head is you!

My readers get to save! 10% off Gift Membership or Ongoing Subscription signup - Use code: 10HOLIDAY

Get A Box Of Artisan Coffee Delivered To Your Door With Single Cup Club

Do you love coffee? Here is a wonderful way to try new coffees every month.

    The perfect friend in the pursuit of amazing coffee, Single Cup Club is like having your own "guy" in the coffee world. Each month, a box of artisan coffees is shipped right to your door for just $19. You'll experience three small batch roasted coffees with each month's box in the convenience of Kuerig compatible single serve cups. Get 25% off your Single Cup Club membership (Gift & Ongoing Membership). It's the perfect box for the coffee lover in your life, especially if that coffee lover is you!

      My readers get to save! 25% off Membership signup - Use code: HOLIDAY25 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Brown Sugar Apple Pie And a Giveaway

I made a delicious apple pie for Thanksgiving. While I made many other pies, this was my first pie with a top crust.

    My husband has been asking me for a while to make him an apple pie. It is apple season and I do have a new apple slicer to try out, so how could I say no to the man I love. While I have made all kinds of pies before, I have never made an apple pie before. I think the reason I have never made an apple pie before is I have been intimidated by all the work in cutting all the apples that are needed for the pie. My new apple slicer, with the comfortable handles, will now help me core and slice all the apples that I need for my pie. I love that my new apple slicer makes perfect apple slices so my pie will look perfect for my husband. Once I finish making my apple pie, I can place my apple slicer in the dishwasher to be clean.

    When I make any kind of pie, I like to make a homemade crust as it tastes so much better than store bought. A homemade crust does require more work as you have to mix the dough and roll it out. I just use my food processor to mix up the dough. My silicone rolling pin makes rolling out the dough a breeze as it has a non-stick surface and nothing sticks to it. It may be small, but that makes it easy to store. I also love using my rolling pin when I make pizza and tortillas. I usually just rinse my rolling pin after use, but this one can go in the dishwasher if needed.

Brown Sugar Apple Pie

3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
7 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter, diced
1 egg, beaten, for brushing
Sugar, for sprinkling
chilled pie crust dough for top and bottom of pie (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
Mix together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. In another bowl, sprinkle apples with the lemon juice and toss. Stir in the sugar mixture to evenly coat the apples. Set aside.

Divide out chilled dough into 2 pieces and use 1 to roll out to line a 9-inch pie pan. Chill the other piece until needed for the top of pie.

Mound the apple and sugar mixture into the pie pan lined with dough. Dot with the diced butter.
Then roll out the remaining dough into a 9-inch circle and place on top of the apples. Using a fork, seal the crust along the edges of the pie and trim any excess dough. Brush the top of the  pie with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar. Then slice a small in the middle of the pie. Bake for 30- 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 20 minutes before slicing.

Pie Crust
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon  salt
3 tablespoons sugar
16 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup ice water

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the cold butter cubes and work it into the flour with your hands or a pastry cutter. Work it quickly, so the butter doesn't get too soft, until the mixture is crumbly, like very coarse cornmeal. Add the ice water, a little at a time, until the mixture comes together forming a dough. Bring the dough together into a ball. 

When it comes together stop working it otherwise the dough will get over-worked and tough. Divide the dough in half and flatten it slightly to form a disk shape. Wrap each disk in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. On a floured surface roll each disk out into a 10 to 11-inch circle to make a 9-inch pie.

Yield: 2 (9-inch) pie crusts

           To find out more about the apple slicer and rolling pin, click on the below links. For a limited time you can save 50% off the price of the rolling pin with code   E4UFQ3LP
The discount code final use date is Dec 31 2105.

                                                                Apple slicer

                                                                   Rolling pin


I have a silicone rolling pin to giveaway to one of my readers. To enter to win, just enter on the giveaway form below and good luck!

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years of age or older. Chances of winning giveaway depends on number of entries. All entries will be verified. Winner will be notified within 24 hours of end of contest and will then have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen.  Void where prohibited.

"These opinions are my own and I received the above mentioned product to facilitate this post."

Monday, November 23, 2015

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pumpkin Seeds

Here is a great idea for a delicious side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.

     Thanksgiving is almost here! When I think of Thanksgiving, I think of family gatherings. I also get excited for all the cooking and baking that I get to do for these gatherings. I always try to make healthy dishes when I cook as I want to show my family that healthy food tastes delicious. One of my favorite dishes to cook for gatherings is vegetables. Most people do not eat enough veggies and I want to show people that veggies, when made right taste delicious. My favorite veggie is brussels sprouts. Most people do not like brussels sprouts, but once they try this dish they love them. This is the only way I can get my husband to eat brussels sprouts.

   I have discovered a wonderful way to cook brussels sprouts. I cut them in half and roast them in the oven, which brings out a wonderful sweet flavor to them. Then I drizzle maple syrup over them and add roasted pumpkin seeds. My Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts are so yummy and irresistible, that even if you normally do not like these sprouts, you will love these. These irresistible sprouts are a holiday favorite but too tasty to serve just once a year. The recipe is easily halved for smaller gatherings or an everyday family meal. I am will be adding these to my Thanksgiving menu.

     I made a batch of these maple roasted "little cabbages" the other day and ate them with dinner. The leftovers were awesome to snack on the next day. The maple syrup gives the sprouts just the right amount of sweetness that will make brussels sprout haters ask for more. The pumpkin seeds give them a extra touch of flavor. I made a batch without the pumpkin seeds and quickly found out the pumpkin seeds add a great taste to the brussels sprouts. This recipe serves 6-8 people but is easy to cut in half for a small family.

   The first step to making this wonderful dish is preparing the brussels sprouts. You will need to trim any wilted or yellow leaves off the sprouts. Then to make the sprouts bite size, cut them in half. A quality cutting board helps get the job done quickly, along with a sharp knife. I like using my new 100%  bamboo cutting board as it does not dull my knives. It is also durable and lightweight. I use this board for everything. The silicone edges on the board keeps the board from moving around and it adds a great look to the cutting board. Most people are afraid of the care that goes into wood cutting boards. Those fears are gone with this board as I just hand wash mine and hang it up to dry on my pot rack. Since it was treated with mineral oil in the factory, I only have to give it a coating of oil once a month or as needed. If you take care of your bamboo board, don't soak it and keep it out of the dishwasher, it will last a long time. It will also look great in your kitchen. Click on the below link to find out more about my bamboo cutting board. Be sure to try my recipe for Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts. You can also save 15% on this  bamboo cutting board with promo code - GOURMET2. Makes a great Christmas gift.

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Pumpkin Seeds

2 pounds Brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup raw or roasted green pumpkin seeds

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Peel off any yellowed or wilted leaves from the outside of Brussels sprouts and trim bottoms. Cut the brussel sprouts in half. Combine brussels sprouts in a large bowl with oil, salt and pepper. Toss until coated. Place the sprouts on a baking sheet and roast, stirring once or twice, until sprouts are almost browned and just tender when pierced at the base with a paring knife, about 25 minutes. Place the brussels sprouts in the serving dish and toss them with the maple syrup and pumpkin seeds.

"These opinions are my ownand I received the above mentioned product to facilitate this post."
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