>U Mom Knows Best: December 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Minion Mint Pie #RedboxBakeOffContest

Stick Minions over the pie for a fun twist. 

Chocolate Mint Cream Pie

24 chocolate sandwich cookies
1/4 melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 package chocolate mint chips
2 egg yolks
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups whipping cream

Put the sandwich cookies in a food processor and process into crumbs. Mix the melted butter into the crumbs and press the mixture into a pie pan. Chill the crust for an hour.

In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk until well blended. Add chocolate chips and egg yolks; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat. Beat in cream cheese with wire whisk until smooth. Cover surface with plastic wrap; refrigerate just until cool, about 1 hour.
In large bowl with electric mixer, beat whipping cream and vanilla on high speed until soft peaks form. Reserve 1 cup whipped cream for topping. Fold remaining whipped cream into cooled chocolate mixture. Spoon evenly into cooled baked shell. Refrigerate 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Spoon or pipe reserved whipped cream over filling. Store in refrigerator..

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How To Keep Your Items Dry When Doing Water Activities

His love of sailing was the start of his Navy journey.

  The above picture shows my son (far left) and his friends sailing many years ago. My son was in high school then and was in the JR ROTC navy program. It was through sailing that he decided to join the Navy. He now fixes many different types of boat engines among other things. I am not sure of the season this picture was taken, but it must of been chilly out as they has sweatshirts on. Even though it is a big boat, it might tip over or they might fall out when doing various tasks, hence them wearing the life vests. Falling into the water would mean wet and cold clothes. That would be miserable on a cold day. I am sure they brought clothes with but what if they got wet? That could very well happen as they are on the water. Wet clothes could lead to hyperthermia. I guess sailing on a cold day could be miserable unless they had an Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag.

  Smart people bring with an Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag when they go sailing or do any other water sports. This amazing bag keeps your items like extra clothes dry and protected. The bag is also great to keep items like cellphones and money dry too. This lightweight durable bag is made out of waterproof PVC and even floats, so if the boat tips over you won't lose your items. The bag is very simple to use, has a carry strap and holds a lot. I was able to fit a towel, shoes and a change of clothes in my bag. I just love how bright the bag is too which makes it easy to spot.

   The Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag  is not only great for watersports, but is also great to use while skiing, hiking or at the beach. This bag will not only keep out the water but also dirt and sand. No more sandwiches while enjoying a day on the beach. I remember as a kid having to eat crunchy sandwiches when we went to the beach. This bag would have been great when we went to the beach last month. I could have kept my items with me as I played in the water instead of having to protect them from the seagulls, yes the seagulls kept attacking our clothes when they were on the sand. Next beach trip, I will be bringing this waterproof bag with.

   The Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag comes in many different colors like black, blue, yellow, orange, and green. They make great gifts too. Guess what my Navy son is getting for Christmas? He will love this bag for sailing. 

Watch the below video to see the bag in water and how it works to keep your items dry.

Check out how you can own an Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag or purchase one for a gift. Is there a sport or activity that you enjoy that this bag would be perfect for?

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

The New Year Family Camping Giveaway! ($270 ALP) #Ohuhu

The New Year Family Camping Giveaway! ($270 ALP) #Ohuhu

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Monday, December 28, 2015

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How To Protect Your Thighs From Chafing With A Fun Flirty Fashionable Thigh Band

 Do you suffer from thigh chafing? Check out this pretty product that can help with thigh chafing

Most people do not have a "thigh gap" as it is very normal to have thighs that rub together. This rubbing of the thighs, which happens a lot due to the female body structure, can cause chafing. Unless you have skinny legs, chafing will occur and it leads to pain. Who likes pain? Not me. You could rub grease on your legs to prevent chafing or you could wear these cute Bandelettes and kiss thigh chafing bye, bye. 

These stretchy lacy bands not only solve the thigh chafing problem, but they look pretty too. Bandelettes are functional with beauty. They come in many sizes, from pant size 2 to all the way up to pant size 22. I love that they have silicone elastic on them that does not hurt my thighs. I love wearing my Bandelettes under my dresses as my legs don't have chafing issues anymore. Nobody knows that I am wearing these cute lace bands. These lace bands are also great to wear with mini skirts as the lace adds a fun flirty touch to your legs. They come in many different colors so you can get ones to match your outfit.

These leg bands are also great for running. I like to wear short shorts when I run for better speed. That exposes my skin to create thigh chafing. Problem is solved, as I now wear my Bandelettes  and my thighs have no issues. I even look pretty as I run.

My husband even loves my lacy thigh bands. He loves seeing my legs in them and it adds a little bit of excitement in our bedroom. So whether you have thigh chafing issues or just want a fun flirty look to your dresses, you should try a pair of these comfy lacy leg bands. Let's say no to the 'thigh gap" and realize we have real thighs. We ladies can all benefit from Bandelettes. 

 Did you know the word "Bandelette" is a French term for the embellishment on the top of a column. Thus, Bandelettes® pay homage to the organic form of the female leg, because sometimes the most beautiful structure needs a little trim on the top!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

How Not To Burn Those Holiday Cookies

These mats will help prevent your cookies from burning.

  I love to bake cookies. The holiday season in my favorite time to make cookies and I make lots of them. I make cookies for cookie exchanges, my family and to give as gifts. I just enjoy making cookies and have been baking for many years. Over the years I have learned many different tips and techniques for making great cookies. The best technique that I have learned is how to not burn my cookies. How many times have you made cookies and the bottoms are burnt? Did you know that different types of baking sheets will bake your cookies in different ways? There are many types of cookie sheets and to have great non-burnt cookies, you need to know the different ways to use them, or you can buy a silicone baking mat and have perfectly baked cookies no matter what kind of baking sheet you use. I love using silicone baking sheets when I bake cookies as my cookies never burn. My cookies always have bottoms that are beautifully golden brown. There are many other great advantages to using silicone baking mats when baking.

When you line your baking sheets with a silicone baking mat you also reduce fat and calories in your baking as you no longer have to grease the baking sheets. These baking mats will allow your food, like cookies, to easily slide off your baking sheets as they are made from a non-stick silicone material. The pretty purple baking mats that I am using are FDA safe and BPA and BPP free. I just love the purple color too. These mats also save money ( the planet) too, as you don't have to use cooking sprays or parchment papers. Clean up is easy to as I just wipe them with warm soapy water, rinse and hang them to dry. I store them with my baking sheets so they are always ready to use.

   What is your favorite kind of cookies to bake during the holiday season? My favorite cookie to bake is sugar cookies, the kind that you roll out and cut with cookie cutters. My kids just love helping me roll out the dough and pressing the cookie cutter into the dough. These silicone baking mats are also great for rolling cookie or pie crust dough on too. We have a system in our house when we make cut out sugar cookies. My husband rolls out the dough and the kids place the cookie cutters on the dough. My kids just love choosing the different cookie cutters. We have lots of different cookie cutters so we make lots of cookies. I am in charge of baking the cookies. I line my cookie sheets with my purple baking mats and place the uncooked cookies on them. I place the cookies in the oven and set the timer. I find that rotating the cookie sheets halfway through the baking time also prevents my cookies from burning. I am glad I have two baking mats so I can bake 2 sheets at a time. These mats are very durable and can withstand temperatures up to 480 degrees. I take the cookies out of the oven and cool them on plates. The baking sheets, lined with the baking mats, are then ready for more cookies. Once all the cookies are done baking and cooling, my kids have a blast decorating them. I always have lots of different frostings and sprinkles for the cookies.

 Notice those nice light brown backs of the cookies 

   I also love using my purple baking mats for making no bake cookies. I make a chocolate oatmeal no-bake cookie and these silicone mats are a great replacement for wax paper. I also use my baking mats for baked potatoes and roasted veggies. Flavors and odors do not penetrate on the mats so after I wash them they are ready to be used for baking cookies. My silicone baking mats get plenty of use and that is ok as they can be used many times ( over 2000 times) before they replacing. So tell me your favorite kind of cookie that you like to bake?  I am always looking for new cookie recipes so feel free to leave a link to your cookie recipe.

Update these mats are no longer available but there are many other silicone backing mats available to purchase on places like Amazon.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Enjoying A Wonderful Meal During The Holidays With BoneFish Grill

The Wood-Grilled Fresh Fish Experts at Bonefish Grill are celebrating the holiday season in a big way with their new Winter Menu.

I just love the holiday season. The gifts, family and wonderful food. The holidays can be a busy time with all the shopping, parties and other activities. During this time it is important to take time to relax with family. One of the ways I like to spend time with family is enjoying a great meal. One of my favorite places to enjoy a great meal at is BoneFish Grill. My favorite seafood place always has great menu items and they are always adding new dishes to entice me to come enjoy a meal with them. Bonefish Grill has a new winter menu with new delicious tasting seafood items that they recently introduced and the choices are making me hungry. Their winter menu  has some new drink items also they go great with their meals.

My family and I took a break from all the holiday hustle and went to Bonefish Grill for dinner. I love when someone else does the cooking. My boys were all excited to join us for dinner as they love eating Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish. I just love the coloring booklets that they received to keep them busy while waiting for the food.

My husband and I had a hard time deciding what to order as they all the choices on the winter menu sounded so delicious. I order the Mahi Mahi Oscar. This wood-grilled fish was topped with crab, asparagus and lemon butter sauce. I chose a side of spinach and a side of broccoli to go with my fish as I love the way Bonefish cooks their veggies.

My husband decided to order the Filet and Colossal Shrimp Scampi as loves steak. This filet mignon was topped colossal shrimp and  scampi butter sauce. My husband selected the garlic whipped potatoes and potatoes au gratin for his two sides. 

My boys were excited for the warm bread that comes with all the meals. I just love how they serve the loaf of bread with a dipping sauce of olive oil and spices. This bread is so yummy, that we ate two loaves.

Our meal at Bonefish Grill was so delicious and made for a great family time. Other choices on the winter menu included:
Lobster Stuffed Shrimp- a creamy lobster and shrimp Imperial stuffing

 Holiday Indulgent Spinach, Bacon + Blue Cheese Arctic Char-  a delicate, mild, clean flavored fish wood-grilled, topped with spinach, bacon, and blue cheese with a lemon butter drizzle
 Rhea’s Cobia- a moist, firm fish with a sweet, yet distinct rich flavor wood-grilled, topped with sautéed spinach, lump crab and lime tomato garlic sauce.

They also had some signature seasonal cocktails: Grapefruit Martini and Winter White Cosmo. These drinks are handcrafted to order and go great with the above meals.

If you’re looking for holiday gifts in addition to a great meal, receive a $10 Bonus Card for every $50 you purchase in gift cards now through December 31. Plus, enjoy Free Gift
Card Personalization with a greeting card and Free Standard
Shipping when you purchase 
online, or pick them up at your local Bonefish Grill.

If you’re looking for holiday gifts in addition to a great meal, receive a $10 Bonus Card for every $50 you purchase in gift cards now through December 31. Pick up these gift cards online or at your local Bonefish Grill. They come with free personalization too!

                                  Check out Bonefish Grill and their new winter menu


"These opinions are my own and I received a gift card from Bonefish Grill to enjoy this meal"

Monday, December 21, 2015

How To Teach Little Ones Their ABC's While In The Car

EZ-Bugz Alphabet Kick Mats are a Fun, Easy way to Protect Your Car Seats in Seconds

Keeping the car clean is a struggle when you have kids. I have five kids, the youngest is 7 and the oldest is 25. One day my car will be kid free and clean. I remember when my boys were little and how their feet would kick the back of the chairs in the car. They had those light up shoes and would love to see them light up, so I think that is the reason the kick the chair. I also remember how dirty the backs of the chairs were. No matter how hard I tried to convince them to keep their feet off of the backs of the chairs, they still kicked the chairs and I had to clean them often. Not an easy thing to do if the backs of the chairs are made of cloth.

   I discovered a cool product that keeps car seats clean from kid's dirty shoes. I found these easy to use waterproof car seat covers. They are easy to attach to most car seats and will protect them from the kid dirt. I love the bright colors on them. These mats would be awesome for parents to teach their kids the alphabet. While you are driving, you can sing the ABC song. The design on the mat is not only enjoyable to look at but it will help with letter recognition. I can see an older child helping a younger child learn their letters. The older child can point to the letters and play fun games with them.  Now their feet can touch the letters and learn at the same time.

The package contains two kick mats and are sized to fit most cars- (22.5 x 17 inches.) The straps are adjustable and stretchy too. The straps are easy to use and clips together with a sturdy stay close clasp.I love that they are machine washable, but also wipes clean too. They will keep the dirt off the chairs while teaching the ABC's. That means less cleaning for you, a big plus.

So protect those chairs from kid feet and dirt. These are also great to use when traveling in grandparents cars. I have some baby showers to attend and these will make great gifts. 

Watch my below video to see how easy the mats are to use.

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

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