Zoku Slush and Shake Maker

Disclosure: The Zoku Slush and Shake Maker was provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.
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With summer in full swing I absolutely love to have something cold to drink. I am a huge slush fan and couldn’t be more excited to be able to try out the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker.

About Zoku:

Zoku is dedicated to providing unique products for the home. We are a collective of creative individuals who create things that will make our lives better through intelligent design and engineering.

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About Slush and Shake Maker:

You can now make a slush fast! This high-performance, design driven slushy maker can make healthy slushies, milkshakes, frozen alcoholic drinks, and fruit smoothies in as little as 7 minutes on your countertop. The possibilities with this item are truly endless.

The Slush and Shake Maker is designed to store easily in your freezer so it is always ready to use. To use, remove the frozen inner core from the freezer and place it in to the outer sleeve, pour in your ingredients, mix & scrape the cup with the included spoon, and watch as the slush freezes before your eyes!

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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY – Crème Brûlée Recipe and Win a Trip to France


In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate into a heated battle between the two establishments until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine — and for Madame Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) — combine with his mysteriously-delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Madame Mallory cannot ignore. At first Madame Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
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Win Swamp People Gifts for Dad

Disclosure: The Swamp People products listed below were provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information. 
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With summer here, we constantly have our barbecue grill out. My husband being a cattle farmer means that we often have a lot of beef. Nothing is better than a good steak at home with ones you love. The wonderful Swamp People Marinade, Steak Sauce, and Hot Sauce has been a great addition to our Barbecues.

About Swamp People Sauces:

These great sauces are inspired by the characters, culture, and gustatory delights of Cajun Country, hunters, grillers, Cajun cooks, or series fanatics.

Sauces Include:

  • Tree Breaka Cajun Steak Sauce
  • Mudda Fricks Horseradish BBQ Sauce
  • No Guts, No Gator Habanero Salsa
  • Tree Shaka Cocktail Sauce
  • Pierre Part Inhospitable Hot Sauce

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My Thoughts:

I was very impressed with the Sauces. When we had steak this past weekend we were very excited to try out the new steak sauces. The Swamp People Louisiana Critter Marinade was wonderful. I put it on my steaks about 30 minutes or so before we were going to grill them. They were absolutely amazing. Occasionally I do like having some steak sauce with my steaks, and I will admit that the Tree Breaka Cajun Steak Sauce was great.
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The New Southern Table by Brys Stephens


I was sent this book for the purposes of this review. Although I was sent this book for free, all opinions are my own.

I was absolutely intrigued by the book, The New Southern Table by Brys Stephens. Being that I am from the Northwest and have always lived in this region, I do not know much about southern food traditions. I have never let Okra touch my lips and only in the past few years have I gotten very adventurous at all with my pallet.

The New Southern Table looks at traditional southern ingredients such as peaches, okra, greens and “flips” them. They are made in not traditional ways in order to create a whole new desire for the staple ingredients in the southern part of the US.
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Win a Waffle Maker from Karlorik

Disclosure: The Waffle Maker from Kalorik mentioned below were provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

We are big breakfast eaters in this house. We are often busy in the morning and don’t always have time for the big breakfast that we would like, but it is not a big surprise to find us occasionally eating breakfast for supper. We were so excited to be able to try out the Rotary Waffle Maker from Kalorik.

About Kalorik:

All the Kalorik products are designed in Belgium and made in China. All of the Kalorik products are warranted for 1 year from date of purchase against defects in material and workmanship. The majority of the products that are listed on their website or in the catalog are also available in many retail stores. In some cases, merchandise displayed for sale on their website or in the catalog may not be available at retail stores.


About Rotary Waffle Maker:

You will never have to suffer through a burnt waffle again with this rotating waffle maker from Kalorik. This waffle maker has extra deep waffle pockets that allow for thick Belgian waffles.

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Alpine Alpine Lace® Reduced-Fat Deli Cheese #LifeIngredients

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Alpine Lace. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

Being a mother is hard work!  There is never enough sleep, enough time, or enough energy to get through each week.  Day after day, we make small decisions that open the door to a lifestyle of not taking as much care of ourselves as much as we should be.

Taking small steps is the key to getting back on track to a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits, for both you and your children.  Choosing healthy snacks, lower fat options, and whole foods is a great way to take back control of your diet.  Need ideas?  Start with cheese.

Alpine Lace ® Deli Cheese is a high-quality, wholesome, satisfying cheese that provides enough indulgence to fuel your day.

The best thing about Alpine Lace Cheese is that the perfect on-the-go snack, too!  Show me a mother and I will show you someone that needs great, portable snacks.  There is something about having kids that automatically makes you a taxi and when you’re in the car constantly, as I am, it is easy to fall into the rut of chips, burgers, and candy bars.  Challenge yourself to be prepared with better options: nuts, fruits, and Alpine Lace Reduced Fat Swiss Cheese.  Not only can it be paired with apples and grapes as a mess free car snack, you can also use it in sandwiches and recipes for a more filling meal.
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The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook


About The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook:

Publication Date- November 15, 2013

Publisher- Fair Winds Press

For decades, low-fat and low-cholesterol diets have been touted as the way to prevent and reverse heart disease. In the groundbreaking book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra debunked that assertion, arguing that fat—often curtailed on traditional low cholesterol “heart-healthy” diets—is not the enemy and may in fact be part of the solution. Now, in The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook, the authors and nutrition expert and whole foods chef Deirdre Rawlings, Ph.D., put their findings into action with a detailed meal plan and 100 delicious and nutritious recipes that will prevent and reverse heart disease and give you back the foods you thought were gone forever.

Brilliant Eats:

  1. Sweet and Spicy Beef or Chicken Stir Fry
  2. Veal Scaloppini Supreme
  3. Energizing Thai Spice Chicken Salad
  4. Luscious Lemon- Pineapple Yogurt Cake
  5. Hearty Hazelnut Rounds

What I Loved About It:

The book had amazing reference material about how a diet low in sugar and inflammatory foods and ingredients that are high in healthy fats, protien, antioxidants and key nutrients is the best course of action to prevent and reverse heart disease. My favorite section was “Foods For A Healthy Heart”. I learned that Sugar, Processed Foods, Trans Fat, and Processed Meats are the enemies when eating for a healthy heart. It gave you a detailed summary of exactly why these types of foods were bad for you and things to look for. Did you know that just because a label boasts “zero trans fat” that doesn’t mean it actually is? If you read the label and it has the words “partially hydrogenated” the product has trans fat and needs to be put back. Labels are your best friend and you need to read them carefully!
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Kitchen Club Kids- Rainbow Salad

Disclosure: The End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad Book from Kitchen Club Kids was provided for me in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.

One of my favorite things to do with my girls is to cook. They love to spend time in the kitchen with me just as much as I love to have them in there with me. The Kitchen Club Kids is the perfect addition to our days in the Kitchen together.

About Kitchen Club Kids:

Kitchen Club Kids promotes healthy eating habits, fundamental learning opportunities and recipe building. Not to mention the books are very fun to read.

Each story introduces a real recipe that can be prepared in the kitchen by cooks of any level. SO, whether you’re reading with your child before mealtime or before bedtime, Kitchen Club Kids turns story time into a culinary, learning adventure.

Kitchen Club Kids cooking adventure books are also a great gift for expecting moms and foodie friends with young kids. The colorful illustrations and layered learning opportunities on each page will keep your child’s interest from beginning to end.

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