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Cake, I Love You Review

Cake, I Love You: Decadent, Delectable and Do-Able Recipes Review 

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As much as I love to bake, I am honestly no good at decorating. The decorating is my one weakness and the one area I am always looking to learn and educate myself.

When I saw Cake, I Love You by Jill O’Connor, I saw an easy way to make the cakes I make beautiful. The book includes many recipes and ideas for seasoned bakers to beginner bakers and everybody in between.

Cake, I Love You offers 60 recipes that are organized by flavor profile such as banana, coconut, chocolate, caramel, spice, fruit, butterscotch, spices, citrus and cakes from the garden and orchard. From the level of difficulty, each chapter in this cookbook gives a wide range of cakes from easy weeknight sheet cakes to showstoppers that are layered with frosting and ganache. There are photos throughout so you know what your cake should look like.

Also of note, the author is a local a food columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune and she lives in San Diego, California.

If you are looking for a easy to follow cake book that will have you baking by the weekend, get a copy of Cake, I Love You by Jill O’Connor.

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You can purchase Cake, I Love You on Amazon

Nielsen-Massey: Pure Peppermint Extract Giveaway

4 Uses for Nielsen-Massey Peppermint Extract and a Giveaway

When I think of December, I think of peppermint, since it becomes abundantly available in different forms.

The great thing about peppermint is that it is used to flavor, to ease cold symptoms and is used a dietary supplement.

Here are X uses for Peppermint extract and be sure to check the bottom to win a bottle of Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract.

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Whole Note Foods: Back to School Muffin Mix Giveaway

Mix It Up This School Year with Whole Note Foods Muffin Mix Giveaway

whole-foods-muffin-mixesIn the busy mornings, having easy and healthy food to eat in the mornings can make the difference between a mediocre day and a terrific day. One of my favorite morning snacks is muffins. Muffins are easy to eat, easy to grab and easy to store on the go. One of my favorite muffin’s blueberry and banana. The potassium in the bananas and the antioxidants in blueberries make a great AM punch.

A couple years ago I discovered Whole Note Food Company and with their Create-a-Muffin Mix I can make any muffin I want. Just in time for back to school one winner will have their choice of 3 boxes of mixes and add to your morning routine.

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Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome – April 2017 Review

Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome: April 2017 Review

Each day should have an element of pure randomness and fun. This can be from paying it forward to the person in front of you or this could be a visit from an old friend. The best way to have some randomness is in the mail – each day is different and sometimes random and a surprise.

Each month when I receive the Monthly Mystery Box of Awesome by That Daily Deal.com my love of randomness is fulfilled. Each month no theme is chosen for this monthly box, but rather a selection of random gender neutral items that will undoubtedly meet a need of yours or a lucky recipient that you were unaware you had.

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Simple Mills: Ready-to-Eat Cookies Reviews

Simple Mills: Ready-to-Eat Cookies – Double Chocolate, Toasted Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cookies Review + Giveaway

This past March when I attended the Natural Products Expo one of my favorite booths was the Simple Mills booth. The booth was bright, inviting and just simple. That is what I enjoy about Simple Mills. This is a company that keeps it simple, while providing a tasty product.

During the expo, I had the opportunity to sample a couple of products, and when I saw that they had a new cookie line, I knew I wanted to investigate further. I inquired to Simple Mills so that I could sample their new cookie’s and when I reached out they were generous enough to send me a their newest sweet offering.

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Whole Note Foods Muffin Mix Holiday 2016 Giveaway

Whole Note Baking Mixes – Holiday 2016 Muffin Mix Giveaway

whole-foods-muffin-mixesWhen i think of the the holidays, I think of a potluck style meal, where everybody brings their favorite side dish.

A couple of years ago I got over zealous and made over 7 different types of bread. I searched online, pinning boards and my bread recipe collection. I ended up making a couple of pumpkin bread’s, a couple of banana bread’s, a cranberry-apple bread, and a zucchini bread. The process was laborious and as one baked, another would be loaded into the oven.

Since that holiday, each time there is a potluck, I am the “official” bread baker of the family. With the added awareness of gluten sensitivities, my once simple bread making process has changed and I end up making 1/2 of the breads gluten-free.

With my bread making duties starting and the holidays approaching, I am looking for time-saving ways to create many loafs, minus the work. One way I have learned to save time is to purchase the “base” of the bread from Whole Note Food Company, and add the fresh fruits and vegetables to the mix prior to baking.

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Pet Treater Monthly Subscription Box Review – October 2016

Pet Treater Monthly Subscription Box Review – October 2016

barktober-fest-october-2016It is official – Meadow is 1 year old!

Since her birthday just passed I feel it appropriate to commemorate the last year of her life. In the past year she has seen the vet a couple times, she has recently discovered the dog park and other “doodles” just like her! She loves my father and my father sure does love her, and it is reflective each time I see the two of them interaction.

My favorite thing about Meadow is that she has learned that I am her human sister and when I call I always get a bark! When I saw this months Pet Treater and the theme “Barktober Fest“, it seemed appropriate with her one year of life. Continue reading

Simple Mills: Chocolate and Vanilla Frosting Reviews

Simple Mills: Chocolate and Vanilla Frosting Review and Giveaway

simple-mills-frostings-on-paddleAs I have gotten older I have realized that there are few things that I can make better than I can buy. One of these items is baked goods – almost everything I make tastes better than what I can otherwise purchase.

Upon this revelation I immediately went to the store and I began stocking up on baked goods. I purchased flour, sugar, baking powder and extracts of every flavor. I excitedly came home and decided to make brownies. I was under the belief that just simple plain brownies would suffice, but I was quickly informed that frosted brownies are better.

I have mentioned in the past that one of my favorite things as a blogger is when I company that I have worked with in the past, increases and expands their product offerings. Since I suddenly found myself in a frosting-less situation I inquired to Simple Mills so that I could sample their new frosting’s and when I reached out they were generous enough to send me a their newest sweet offering.

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Simple Mills: Almond Flour Crackers Review

Simple Mills: Fine Ground Sea Salt and Cheddar Almond Flour Crackers Review and Giveaway

Simple Mills CrackersAs the summer sun sets, also comes the time for evening entertaining. A popular evening activity is watching the sun set with a bottle of win and crackers. For the gluten sensitive this can be a less than enjoyable experience.

One of my favorite things as a blogger is when I company that I have worked with in the past, increases and expands their product offerings. Recently I inquired to Simple Mills for a possible giveaway and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they had added crackers to their already successful mixes. When I reached out they were generous enough to send me a sample of their crackers.

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Whole Note Food Company Mixes Review

Whole Note Baking Mixes – Review and Giveaway

Whole Note FoodsI am on a forever quest for a good gluten-free baking mix and so far my journey has showed me the best and the worst that the gluten-free world has to offer.

One of the best places to discover the best of the best is the Natural Products Expo. Each year the gluten-free and natural product companies gather to show retailers, buyers and writers/bloggers their newest offerings.

Once such company that was a company presenting their products was Whole Note Food Company based in Katy, Texas.

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