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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Roasted Rainbow Brussels Sprouts Made With Palm Oil

This dish is so pretty and healthy

  Now that the weather is cold, I have been working out at the gym more. My favorite machine to use at the gym is the elliptical machine as is works out my whole body and feels like running to me. I like that this exercise machine has a TV connected to it so I can watch the Cooking Channel as I get my workout in. Lately, The Pioneer Woman has been the show that I have been watching as I get my miles and minutes in. I have been enjoying her holiday recipes for inspiration on what to cook. The week before Thanksgiving, she was making a Brussel sprout dish that looked so delicious so I knew that I had to create this recipe as I love Brussel sprouts. Her dish was also so pretty with the different colors. I looked up The Pioneer Woman's recipe on her website when I got home from the gym and then made some modifications to the recipe. I substituted palm oil for the olive oil and it gave the dish a nice buttery taste as well as extra health benefits. I made these Brussel Sprouts for Thanksgiving and they were so delicious. I think Brussel sprouts are my favorite vegetable. My husband loves when I make Maple Roasted Brussels sprouts for dinner.

Palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm tree

  I discovered palm oil at a conference that I went to last month and I really loved the way it tasted on popcorn. So I have been experimenting with the oil in my cooking and baking. Palm oil has a nice orange color to it so while it makes my popcorn beautiful it did not work in my chocolate chip cookie recipe that well. The cookies tasted great but I did not care for the orange color that they had. So for now, I will just be using palm oil in recipes other than baked goods. I really like the buttery taste that the palm oil gives to my food and the health benefits are pretty amazing too. Palm oil has a natural source of Carotenoids & Vitamin E as well as fatty acids and other important fat-soluble micronutrients. I have found that palm oil is great for sauteing and when I make eggs.

I learned a new way to make a balsamic glaze

 Watching the Pioneer Woman has had other benefits as I learned a new way to make a balsamic glaze that does not involve me getting a second-degree burn. The last time I a reduced balsamic vinegar to a glaze, I splatter a drop on my thumb when I tried to pour it into a bowl. That drop formed a nice blister that hurt so much and took 2 weeks to heal. So I like the recipe from the Pioneer Woman's website as she uses plum or peach preserves along with brown sugar and the balsamic vinegar. This results in a glaze that does not harden so I can let it cool down and avoid burning myself.

Cutting the butternut squash is so simple

Step 1: cut off the ends

 Step 2: cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds

Step 3: peel off the skin, cut the squash into strips, and cut into chunks.

Then peel and cut the onion into pieces. 

Slice off the ends of the Brussels Sprouts and then slice in half.

Roasted Rainbow Brussels Sprouts 


1-1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 whole small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 whole large red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons palm oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 balsamic glaze- see recipe below

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

1. Place the vegetables in a bowl with the palm oil and stir them to coat well with the oil. Stir in the salt, pepper, and rosemary.
2. Spread the vegetables on an oiled baking sheet or one that is covered with a silicone sheet.
3. Roast for 25 minutes or until slightly brown.
4. Remove from the oven and place in serving bowl and sprinkle the dried cranberries on top. Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the veggies.
  Serve immediately for best flavor.

Balsamic Glaze
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 jar (15 Ounces) peach preserves
2 tablespoons brown sugar

In a blender, puree the balsamic vinegar, peach preserves, and brown sugar until smooth. Pour into small to medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn the heat to simmer and cook until the mixture has reduced by half. It should be fairly thick and will thicken further as it cools. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof bowl. Drizzle about half or more depending on your preference, of the glaze over the Brussels Sprouts. The rest of the glaze can be stored in the fridge after it cools down. To use the glaze in another dish it may need to be warmed up. This glaze is also wonderful on pizza or a sandwich. The Pioneer Woman used it over tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Sams Club Gift Of Membership Giveaway! #CommCoffeeAtSams

Disclosure: This Post has been sponsored by Savings.com. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dairy Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie

This pie is so creamy and chocolate!

They could not even tell it was dairy-free.

 My family loves chocolate pie and every year that is what I make at Thanksgiving instead of pumpkin pie. My family already enjoys pumpkin pie in October as that is what my teen wants for his birthday instead of cake. This chocolate pie tradition started back in 2013 when I made this creamy mint chocolate pie. This year things were different as I discovered that a milk allergy was the cause of my severe asthma symptoms so that meant that I was not able to make my families favorite pie. I really wanted to but I knew that I could not resist tasting it. I made that mistake when I made a buttercream frosting last month for my other son's birthday and I coughed all night. So I had to find a recipe for a dairy-free chocolate pie that my family and I could enjoy. I came across several online that were gluten-free and dairy-free but I can have wheat so there was no need to make it gluten-free. So I made some modifications and made a delicious pie that my family enjoyed. They could not even tell it was dairy-free. This is a pie that vegan lovers will enjoy.

Pretzels and chocolate come together for an amazing taste!

 My delicious creamy chocolate pie has a crust that is made from crushed pretzels. The salt in the pretzels just add wonderful flavor to the chocolate pie, think salted chocolate! I used dairy-free chocolate chips along with coconut milk and that gave this pie amazing flavor. Who knew that coconut milk could turn dark chocolate chips into dairy-free milk chocolate chips. The chocolate chips that I used were from Enjoy Life. I wanted to use Nestle Toll House Simply Delicious Morsels but they are hard to find in the stores. I have only seen them once at Target but that store is far away from my house. The Nestle Toll House chips are my favorite and I need to stock up on them next time I find them. These chocolate chips are allergy friendly and made for people who follow a vegan diet. You can even make this delicious pie gluten-free by using gluten-free pretzels.

You will have a hard time believing this creamy chocolate pie is dairy free

  This creamy chocolate pie did take a while to make but it was so worth it. I have already made this pie two times as my family loves it. I so thought that it being dairy-free would keep them from eating the chocolate pie but nope, once the pie is made it is gone in two days after everyone eats 2 slices. This pie also tastes great with dairy-free whip topping. For Thanksgiving, I was able to find a coconut whip topping in a spray can made by Silk but when I went back to the store after the holidays, the store had none left. So I only put regular whip topping on individual pieces of pie instead of the whole pie. My family has already requested that I make this pie at Christmas and I will be doing just that but will have to use coconut milk for the almond milk as my daughter has a nut allergy. I may also add a peppermint taste to this pie with pure peppermint extract. I am glad that my daughter lives on her own as her nut allergy and my milk allergy can be challenging when we eat out.

Chocolate and salt make an amazing taste-think salted chocolate

Dairy Free Chocolate Pretzel Pie

3 1/2 cups pretzels crushed into small pieces
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons vegan butter, melted

1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 (13.5oz) canned (not boxed) coconut milk
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon vegan butter


1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
2. Place the pretzels in a large bowl and crush into small pieces with a potato masher. Pour into a bowl and add the brown sugar and vegan butter. Stir to combine.
3. Pour into the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 10-12 minutes until toasted. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before filling with the ganache.

Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave at 50% power for 30-45 seconds, stopping to stir every 15 seconds. Stir until totally smooth. Pour and spread over the bottom of the prepared crust. Let it set slightly before adding the pudding, about 30 minutes.

1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder, cornstarch, sugar, and pinch of salt. Over medium heat while whisking, add the coconut milk and almond milk. Whisk until totally smooth. Continue to whisk until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. One the mixture bubbles continue to whisk and cook for another 2 minutes until thick. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips, vanilla, and vegan butter. Set the pan aside and let it cool to room temperature.

2. Pour the pudding into the crust. Smooth, then refrigerate until set, about 2 hours or up to 12 hours.

Top with dairy-free whip topping if desired and or additional pretzels.

Friday, December 7, 2018

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Quick & Easy Peppermint Bark~ Dairy Free Version

This peppermint bark is so easy to make and only uses 2 ingredients!

  My son needed a holiday treat for his school party and I was short on time. So I made peppermint bark. His whole class loved the candy and everyone requested the recipe. They were shocked at how easy it was to make. This delicious peppermint candy only needs white chocolate chips and candy canes. It can be made in less than 30 minutes. You will never buy storebought peppermint bark again. You can also make this recipe with milk chocolate chips for a chocolate peppermint bark or if you have a dairy allergy then you can use dairy-free chocolate chips. I wish that I could find dairy-free white chocolate chips but no luck yet.

Quick & Easy Peppermint Bark
   1 bag white or milk chocolate chips (for a dairy-free version use dairy-free chocolate chips)
     1 box 12 count candy canes

Unwrap the candy canes and crush into small pieces. I crushed my candy canes in my blender on chop for a couple of seconds. If you don't have a blender or food processor, you can crush them in a bowl with a potato masher or in a ziplock bag. Set the candy aside and line a baking sheet with a silicone sheet, wax paper, or parchment paper. Place the white chocolate chips in microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 1 and a half minutes. Stir and cook in 30-second increments until melted. Make sure to stir after each 30-second cookings. Do not lick the spoon as doing so will get moisture on the chocolate and cause it to crumbled and not melt. Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the crushed candy canes. Then spread the mixture on the lined baking sheet and smooth it out to cover the entire pan. Let cool for an hour or until hard. Then break the candy into pieces.

Makes a great gift!

  My church was collecting desserts for a school holiday food drive and I decided to place the candy canes and the white chocolate chips into a mason jar so that the family could make the bark. I know that I love cooking with my kids so I want others to have that same joy. I printed the recipe on a photo card and then tied it to the jar. I also added a cute label that I found online. It was such a festive looking gift.

A delicious treat 

  My family loves peppermint bark and always request for me to make it around the holidays. It is such an easy Christmas treat to make and it is also so easy to make for holiday potlucks and Christmas parties. I think this will be the treat this year that I make for the neighbors on Christmas Eve. After Christmas when the candy canes go on sale, I always buy plenty of boxes as they keep until the next Christmas. So if you need a delicious treat for a party or a hostess gift, you need to make this.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What Is CBD And Why I Use It For Pain Relief

Medical Disclaimer
Before I begin, The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act require that I inform you that the efficacy of CBD oil products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research as a treatment for any medical condition. The information in this document is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

  CBD oil(Cannabidiol oil) is still so new that I lot of people do not know what it is or they form assumptions about it that are untrue. I have been using CBD Oil for about a year and my own family still does not fully understand what it is or they just want to give me a hard time. Everytime that I talk about CBD products, I have to re-explain to my family what it is and what it is not. The main thing that people get confused about when it comes to CBD is thinking that it can cause you to get high. So when my family thinks that I am getting stoned from CBD, I will start explaining to them again that is no true. CBD comes from the hemp plant and it has negligible amounts of THC, unlike marijuana which has THC. It is the psychoactive compound THC that makes one high. So before I tell you about my experience with CBD, I want to share this information that I found HERE so you can be informed of what CBD oil is.

Joy Organics - Pharmaceutical Grade Hemp CBD Oil


What is CBD Oil? +

CBD oil is a natural essential oil which is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant.
It is used by people all over the world as a dietary supplement and for a variety of therapeutic purposes.
CBD oil contains a variety of active compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes, which we will discuss in greater detail in Chapter 2. It has been shown in research studies to be well-tolerated and non-toxic to humans.

About the Cannabis Plant

Cannabis is one of a genus of plants known as Cannabaceae. There are two main species of cannabis that are cultivated for human consumption, namely Cannabis indica, and Cannabis sativa.
Sativa plants are taller and produce more fiber and are therefore the species from which hemp cultivation arose. Indica plants are shorter and bushier and less suitable for farming for either industrial purposes or for production of food, but well-suited for producing medical marijuana.

The Differences Between Hemp and Marijuana

Marijuana is high in the psychoactive compound THC, or delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in marijuana that causes a high.
Marijuana is rightly considered to be a “drug.” It is cultivated mainly for medicinal and “recreational” purposes. Both indica and sativa strains, as well as hybrids of the two, are used to produce marijuana.
The United States federal government considers marijuana to be a Class I controlled substance. However, many U.S. states have instituted legislation to regulate its cultivation and allow its use as medicine. Some states have also legalized marijuana for recreational use.
Hemp is not marijuana. Although hemp does contain some cannabinoids, it has negligible amounts of THC. In fact, in order to be legally cultivated, industrial hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC. Industrial hemp is grown for food and fibers. 

 Now that I got the information about what CBD Oil is, I can tell you about why I use this natural supplement. I use this supplement for many reasons but the main reason that I use it is for natural pain relief and helping my body to heal from injuries. I had a trigger thumb sprain last year and I tried wearing a brace on it all day to help with the pain but it did not help with the pain. I then remembered I had a sample of CBD Salve that I had received from a conference. I decided to try it to see if it could help with my pain and stiffness from the trigger thumb. I applied the CBD oil salve and my thumb felt better the next day. I then explored using CBD Oil tinctures and salves for other things like muscle pain and relaxation. I found that I received some pain relief on my muscles after a gym workout when I applied the CBD Oils Salve on my body. I really like that I can get some pain relief without having to reach for things like aspirin that can upset my stomach. I decided to try the CBD Oil for sleep and I tried the tincture before bed. I was able to fall asleep faster and I slept better that night so I will now use the CBD oil when I am having troubles falling asleep. 

I have never felt weird or in la-la land when I use CBD oil, unlike when I have used strong pain medicines.

 I did plenty of research on CBD Oil and found it to be safe so I felt comfortable using it when my own kids. My 11-year-old son had some muscle pain from running and it was keeping him from falling asleep. I applied the CBD Salve to his legs and it helped calm the pain down so he was able to sleep. When my son got his braces on, he had some mild pain, so I had him try the CBD Oil. He liked the lemon flavor and it gave him the pain relief that he needed without having to take any over the counter pain medicines. When this same son had oral surgery, I used the CBD oil again and he was able to take half the amount of pain pills that the doctor prescribed. I like that I can use a natural supplement for pain relief on my son. I view CBD Oil as a natural medicine and only give it to my kids when they have pain.

  I also tried a soda with CBD Oil last summer and it helped me when I was super stressed. My family likes to think that I am getting stoned when I use CBD Oil but again it does not contain THC. It instead increases my serotonin in my brain to make me feel good. I have never felt weird or in la la land when I use CBD oil, unlike when I have used strong pain medicines. I use CBD Oil only on occasion for pain relief and for the times that I am super stressed or need help falling asleep. The CBD Oil that I am using right now is from Joy Organics and I like that it is certified organic. I also like that Joy Organics uses Third Party Testing on their products. I am still exploring what CBD Oil can be used for. There is so much to learn about the uses of CBD.
Does CBD Oil Get You High? +
No. Properly produced CBD oil from hemp does not contain THC in high enough concentrations to cause a high.THC acts upon particular receptors in the brain, which changes brain chemistry and therefore alters consciousness. CBD does not trigger these receptors. 
Research Into CBD’s Effects On Mood Disorders+
Research shows that CBD has an effect on levels of the endocannabinoid anandamide, which we mentioned earlier. Anandamide is produced by the nervous system to stimulate the uptake of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is often referred to as the “happy molecule” because of its ability to improve mood.

Should I try CBD Oil?

  CBD Oil is safe and legal. Non-THC CBD oil is legal in all 50 states. THC oils are legal in 44 states.  CBD Oil has many different uses including pain relief and relaxation. I again want to state you cannot get high from CBD Oil, as the removal of the THC eliminates the mind-altering side effects. I suggest that you do your research first as there is much misinformation about CBD Oil. A great place to start is the Ultimate CBD oil guide. as this article answered a lot of questions for me. Then simply try CBD Oil.

CBD Oil has helped some people with:
Anxiety Disorders
Pain Relief
Reduce symptoms for quitting smoking
Muscle pain relief with balm/salve
Nausea including nausea related to chemotherapy

Wondering if CBD will work for you? Try Joy’s risk-free offer. Use any of her products for 30 days. If you’re not pleased with your results, we will happily give you a full refund.

Still, need more information about CBD Oil? Then check out the below link for information on CBD and general uses.


Why do I like Joy Organics

  • Certified Organic Hemp – No pesticides
  • The United States Only – Grown and made in the USA for quality control
  • Third party lab testing – Certificate of Analysis and a Certificate of Quality Assurance confirmed by third-party labs
  • Absorption Rate –  Soft gel capsules have 4 times the absorption rate requiring less intake for full effectiveness
  • Full spectrum – cannabinoids and terpenes
  • Consistency – hemp comes from the same strain and goes through the same extraction process for consistent results with every bottle, salve or gel
  • Pharmaceutical grade – Tight quality controls and consistent manufacturing. All our products are manufactured in a GMP-certified facility that conforms to FDA guidelines.
  • Great customer service – Free shipping and 30-day money back guarantee

+ all information was found HERE so you can be informed of what CBD oil is. 

3 Reasons to Install a Commercial HVAC Zoning System

 Winter has arrived and the weather is cold. Heating a place can be expensive so finding ways to save money is always a good thing. If you have a business and are looking for solutions for heating and cooling options that can save you money, then you should read this article. 

Keeping customers happy is one of the biggest concerns for most business owners. Making your customers happy will lead to better shopping experiences and return business. Comfortable shopping conditions are key to providing pleasant conditions for your customers and clients. Proper heating and cooling can create optimal shopping environments. Heating and cooling costs can be expensive, though, so finding the right solution for your business is important. HVAC zoning systems are a great natural way to save money and provide a comfortable environment for both employees and customers.  

Money Savings

Image via Flickr by Pictures of Money

HVAC zoning systems enable you to provide targeted heating and cooling throughout your business. The system will make it possible for you to separate your business into various zones that can be controlled individually. This will help the business owner identify the temperature needs of each area during various parts of the day. 

Obviously, this can save money by reducing the energy costs used to cool or heat your business from day to day.  You can keep the temperature more comfortable where employees and customers are located and reduce costs by limiting energy use in other areas, such as those designated for storage and loading. 

Owners can also develop a schedule for cooling and heating and reduce costs by shutting off the heat or air during hours the facility is not being used. When temperatures are quite high or low, you can reduce cooling or heating at night when the business is closed. Programmable thermostats can help do this automatically. Zoned heating and cooling can save your business as much as 25 percent on energy costs.  

Improved Productivity 
Not only should business owners be concerned with the comfort level of the customers, but they should also be concerned with the comfort of their employees. Having happy and comfortable employees will make for a more pleasant work environment. Happy employees work better and are more productive in the workplace.  

Create a heating and cooling system that will accommodate the work zones in your facility. This will enable you to have controlled and consistent temperatures for different parts of your facility, providing a customizable atmosphere for your employees. 

Employees are more likely to enjoy their working environment and be more productive. This will, in turn, create more revenue for the business. 

Improved Air Quality
HVAC zoned systems can be either ducted or ductless. One advantage to a ductless system to the reduction in circulation of pollutants. This will improve the air quality in your facility.  Healthier air quality can lead to less illness among your employees, eliminate expensive cleanings and breakdowns, and provide a healthier working environment for all involved.  

Providing a healthier work environment is beneficial for both your employees and the environment. Plus, you'll save additional money when it comes to employee absences due to illness.

Installing an HVAC zoning system is an investment that may be expensive, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. Providing a quality shopping experience for customers, healthy and comfortable working environments for your employees, and a more cost-effective solution for your energy bills is worth the investment. Creating a positive environment for all.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Emergency Survival Begins With A Rescue Guard Survival Pack

Are you prepared for an emergency?

   I received a Survival Pack to facilitate this post.

  Would you be able to survive more than one day in the event of an emergency like a hurricane or an earthquake? Sometimes these national disasters come on suddenly and we simply have no time to prepare. If we do get some advance notice and have time to stock up on emergency supplies like food and water, often stores have long lines or they simply run out of the items that you may need. I have never been in a national disaster like a hurricane but I have seen on television the pictures of store shelves that are bare. I have also heard the stories of mass panic by people who buy everything in sight making it difficult for others to get what they need. In a time of panic, most people do not know what they need to survive after a national disaster. That is why preparing a rescue survival pack before an emergency is always a great idea so you have everything that you need to survive.

What if you had little time to get out of your house?

 Then there is the emergency that leaves you with very little time to get out of the house. Here in New Mexico, we have forest fires called controlled burns that can get out of hand in a matter of minutes if the wind kicks in. This is a common occurrence in the summer and it leaves many people who live in that area only hours to pack up their car to leave the area. So having a rescue kit that is ready to grab and go is needed.

What does one need in a rescue kit?

 Most people think of food and water when they are preparing for a disaster and they run to the store for bread and water. Buying emergency supplies is so much more than that. What are you going to do if the power goes out, especially in the winter? Do you know how much supplies are needed per person? I think for those that have experienced a hurricane more than once, they have a good idea what they need in their emergency kit but for many of us who think that we are safe from national disasters, we have no clue what to have in an emergency kit or we don't have one.
What is it about snowstorms that have folks buying milk, bread and toilet paper? Because instinctually they know they need to stock up, just in case. Likewise residents in Florida prep for hurricanes with water, a three-day supply of food and a flashlight. Because of frequent meteorological disruptions, it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” a power outage suddenly occurs.

The ten must-have items you need for an emergency

1. Water
2. Food
3. Flashlights or lanterns
4. Batteries
5. First aid kit
6. Duct tape
7. Portable charging device
8. Blankets
9. Shelter
10. Pocket knife

 The above is just a starter list of items that one needs to have in an emergency. Some of the items like food and water, you need to make sure that you have enough per person to survive 3 days, the typical time until help arrives. For my family of four, that is a lot of food and water. So one needs to think about how they are going to store all that food and about food spoilage. So that gets me to thinking that I need to pack some kind of food that has a lot of calories and fat and can last a long time. I think having S.O.S. Emergency Food Ration Bars in my survival pack is smart. They may not be the best tasting but they take up little space and last for 5+ years.

Sure you could fill up every water container in the house

When I see the people on the news preparing for a national disaster, I think about what I would do to prepare. I would fill up my bathtub with water and every bowl/pot that I have in the house. Well, that would be fine if I did not have to leave the house but the reality is most people have to evacuate their house with little time to fill water bottles. So having emergency pouches of water on hand is a great idea.

Be smart & give yourself peace of mind with a Survival Pack

 At websites like Ready.gov and the Red Cross, the message is clear. Everyone needs to be self-sufficient for 3 days or 72 hours in case of a catastrophe. What is not clear to most is what to have in an emergency kit. So be smart and save your self the stress of last minute shopping and get a survival pack of Preparedness Supplies that you can store in your house so it is ready to grab and go.

A survival backpack with 351 pieces that takes up little space

  I love this red zipper backpack that has almost everything that my family needs for an emergency. This backpack is stuffed with so many needed supplies and it is light enough to wear on my back if I had to walk. There are items that I would have never bought for my emergency kit like a survival sleeping bags and tent as well as a pocket knife. This red backpack also has a first aid kit and flashlights. I love that it has enough food and water for 4 people for 72 hours. My sons who are in the military recognized the S.O.S. Emergency Food Bars right away. I think the water pouches are so smart as they take up so little space. I was simply amazed at all that was packed into this Rescue Guard Survival Pack!

 Help or rescue may not arrive until then. Folks who weathered Hurricane Sandy, Harvey or Florence have tales to tell about washed out roads, loss of electricity and evacuations. Having basic supplies that are packed into Rescue Guard Emergency Kit is key in any disaster.

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Monday, December 3, 2018

Get Sweatin Clothes Motivate You To Workout

This is a sponsored post with Get Sweatin' and Dealspotr.

This shirt makes sweating a good thing!

 When I workout at the gym there is a whole lot of sweating going on. By the time my workout is done, there are drops of water on the floor. I really feel sorry for the person working out next to me as sometimes my sweat goes flying. I have been described as an intense person on the gym machines and I like that as I workout like I am going to win the race. I am the person who likes to sweat at the gym as sweating is good for you and should be done often. I am also a person who likes to motivate others to workout and I found the perfect shirt that I can wear to the gym. This cool and awesome shirt declares to others in the gym, that I am proud of my sweat! This Get Sweatin' shirt starts out as a plain looking shirt but once you get sweating, it reveals a motivational message that lets you know that you are working out like a champ!

The Get Sweatin' Shirt has a message printed on it that can only be seen once the shirt is wet with all your drippy sweat. The messages on these unique fitness shirts will motivate you to sweat and hopefully put a smile on the faces of the other people at the gym, especially the poor person who has to work out next to me. Thankfully my sweat does not stink, it is just wet. I just tell people that I am detoxing.

  I need to get this sweat motivational shirt for my husband as he hates going to the gym. Maybe him wearing Get Sweatin' shirt will be the motivation that he needs to crank up his workout to the next level. These workout clothes come in styles for both ladies and guys. They also come in styles like t-shirts and tank tops. I love that there are several sweat sayings to choose from.

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Theraflu PowerPods For Cold & Flu Relief

No one likes to be sick ever!

        I was provided with samples of Theraflu.

  When you are sick, you are tired, weak and just plain miserable. It seems that even making a glass of tea can be a chore. Sometimes even taking medicine is hard. Now you can make a soothing warm drink and take cold relief medicine at the same time with a simple push of a button. These single pods make a tasty drink that offers amazing relief for your cold symptoms. The pods come in day and night formulas. So now all you have to do is press a button for cold relief.

About Theraflu PowerPods
Powerful relief for severe cold & flu symptoms ready at the push of a button.
Theraflu PowerPods turn your single-serve coffee machine into a cold & flu fighting machine. Unleash the power of Theraflu from quick and easy-to-use PowerPods and start relieving the symptoms of your severe cold or flu.

What Symptoms Do Theraflu PowerPods Relieve?
Theraflu PowerPods can help relieve your most severe cold and flu symptoms including nasal congestion, sore throat, headache, body aches, fever, and sinus congestion.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Lemon Frosted Rosemary Holiday Sugar Cookies

 Rosemary adds a unique flavor to sugar cookies

        I received product from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas in exchange for this content.

   I think my favorite part of Christmas is cookie exchanges. Not only do I get to have fun making cookies but I get to trade them for lots of other cookies. Christmas is the one time that I spend all day making cookies as they are my favorite food. I think if I had to choose one cookie to be my favorite, it would be frosted sugar cookies. There is just something about a sugar cookie with frosting on them. The ones that I really love are the ones in unique shapes and decorated with many colors. A butterfly-shaped cookie just tastes so much better when it looks so pretty. Since I don't have the talent or patience to decorate cookies, I buy those at the bakery. So my talent may not be in how the cookie looks but I do a great job with how the cookies taste. When I make cookies I like to make unique flavors for the cookie exchange that I attend and the one cookie that always gets the most attention in my Lemon Frosted Rosemary Holiday Sugar Cookies. People are always surprised at how good they taste as they would have never thought to add rosemary to a sugar cookie. Another secret ingredient that I use in cookies is black pepper. Black pepper adds a wonderful taste to gingerbread cookies.  Spices sure do add great flavor to other cookies, last year I made Holiday Cinnamon Spiced Sugar Cookies with pumpkin pie spice and my family loved them.

So many cookies so little time to bake

 When I bake cookies there are a couple of ingredients that I always use and I will not compromise on them. I always use real butter as you can really taste the difference in cookies when they were made with margarine. Also, cookies made with real butter just cook better. They tend to not burn. Using silicone baking mats also helps cookies to not burn. Another ingredient that I always use when making cookies is pure vanilla extract. The flavor of vanilla made from real vanilla beans is so much better than that imitation vanilla that is made from chemicals or something else. If you want the taste of vanilla you have to use real vanilla beans. The vanilla that I am loving in all my baking is Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. This Vanilla extract uses a unique proprietary slow, cold extraction process to gently draw out and preserve more than 300 delicate flavor compounds to give you the richest tasting vanilla.

 Other real extract flavors that I keep on hand for holiday baking are pure peppermint extract and pure almond extract. Pure peppermint is great in peppermint mocha coffee drinks and candy cane bark. I will use pure almond extract in cakes and shortbread cookies. Nielsen-Massey makes the best flavor extracts as they use pure ingredients. I like when they bundle their flavor extracts for the holidays as it makes it so easy to have the flavors on hand that I will be using. If you will be doing baking for the holidays the Nielsen-Massey Holiday Flavors Bundle is a must-have product.

Lemon Frosted Rosemary Holiday Sugar Cookies

Makes about 36 sandwich cookies
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 container white frosting
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs

In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and 1/4 cup lemon juice until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Then combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and rosemary in a separate bowl. Gradually mix in the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Mix until well combined. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours or longer.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. On a lightly floured board, roll out 1/4 of the cookie dough to 1/8 inch thick. Using a cup dipped into flour or a round cookie cutter cut, cut out circles and place on cookie sheets 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes or until edges brown. Let cookies cool for 2 minutes and transfer to a plate to cool completely. Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough.

Once cookies are cooled, stir the remaining lemon juice into the container of frosting. Spread frosting on one cookie and then top with another cookie to make a sandwich.

Check out some other cookie recipes that would be great for the holidays.

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