Friday, May 5, 2017

Unique Mother's Day Gifts from GourmetGiftBaskets.com!


Mother's Day is coming up quickly! If you're still looking for the perfect, unique gift for the most important woman in your life, you need to check out the selection at GourmetGiftBaskets.com! GourmetGiftBaskets.com is one of the top online gift giving sites and they have just released several new items to truly delight any mom or grandma -- from those who became moms (or grandmas) for the first time over the past year to those who have been mothering kids for more than 75 years!


We were sent the Love for Mom Cookie Gift Box (valued at $29.99) and I was so excited to receive this gorgeous box of cookies-- in fact, it made my entire week! The Love for Mom Cookie Gift Box comes with a gorgeous gift box filled with six different varieties of gourmet offerings: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fudge Brownie Cookies, Lemon Sugar Cookies, Pecan Sandy Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Peanut Butter Cookies. There's something for almost every Mom here! The Fudge Brownie Cookies were my absolute favorite-- so soft and fudgy! 

If you haven't checked out the selection at GourmetGiftBaskets.com, you should head over and see their great selection! There's literally something for everyone and you can save even more by signing up to receive exclusive offers and coupons through their email subscription.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Make Perfectly Shaped Burgers with a Burger Press!

Hello, all! My family and I are FINALLY over the flu so I've been able to get back to normal activities including blogging and cooking! I've been waiting until I was feeling better so I could make my family some delicious hamburgers with my new Yumms! Burger Press.


I have been wanting a hamburger press for awhile now so I was pretty excited to try out this one. What is a hamburger press? I'm so glad you asked! Hamburger presses are a really neat invention that allow you to make the perfectly shaped and uniform burgers. So basically they're the secret to making absolutely perfect burgers and they are seriously a must-have kitchen tool for anyone who grills hamburgers!

By definition, Hamburger Presses are a fairly simple invention- just two pieces that you press together to form a neat patty. I've never seen one quite like this one though as it actually comes in 3 pieces. It comes with a "lifter" that helps you lift the patties out of the press easily so you don't have to touch the meat. So simple yet such a great help!

I chopped up onions and mixed them in the meat. Yummy!
Yumms! Burger Press Features:
-Makes patties from 1/4" to 5/8" thick for either regular or stuffed hamburgers
-Features a handy 'lifter' that lifts the patty out of the press
-Made from thick, durable BPA free plastic - So cleanup is always easy
-Light-weight, ergonomic handle makes operating this burger shaper effortless

-Dishwasher safe!
-100% Satisfaction Lifetime Guarantee

I'm so happy with the Yumms! Burger Press; it makes perfectly uniform burgers, it seem really durable, it comes with a useful "lifter," and its so easy easy to clean because it's dishwasher safe! If you don't own a hamburger press, I highly recommend this one. You will not regret it (and if you do regret it, Yumms! has a 100% satisfaction guarantee but I doubt you will regret it).

We finished off our perfect burgers with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and onions! I'm not going to lie, these were the best hamburgers I've ever made. They were cooked evenly and they were all a uniform size! Just looking at this picture of them makes my mouth water... they were that good!


You can buy your own Burger Press on Amazon! 

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." I do use affiliate links on my site so please assume that all links used are affiliate links!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Husband's Delight Recipe

Where do some recipes get their names?! Well, Husband's Delight is the name of a recipe I've been hearing about forever so I knew I just had to try it. I've also heard it called Martha's Casserole. Well, whatever its called, it is delicious and its now one of my favorite dinners. It's like if a lasagna and stroganoff had a delicious baby, this would be that baby. Now that I've grossed you out with food baby talk, onto the recipe! This recipe is enough to probably serve 6-8 people. Since just my husband and I eat this, it usually lasts us two meals plus at least two leftover lunches for him! 



Ingredients
1-1/4 pound Ground Chuck
1 can 15-ounces Tomato Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Salt
 Freshly Ground Black Pepper
8 ounces, weight Egg Noodles
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1-1/4 cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese (or 1 cup of cream cheese)
1/4 cup Sliced Green Onions
1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese (but I use 2)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown ground chuck in a large skillet. Drain fat, then add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add to noodles and stir. Add green onions and stir.
To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.
Serve with crusty bread.

This makes a big casserole and I don't have a casserole dish so I just make it in my ceramic pie plate. The plate almost overflows but its been working for me. I was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take pictures of it sliced up on a plate so you could see the layers! Oh well, I guess I'll have to take one for the team and make another one soon so that I can take more pictures!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Moms, Don't Forget to do #WhatULuv This Year Too + Luvs Diaper Coupon!

"This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine."

As a super busy mom with a never-ending to-do list, I can honestly say that I do not get enough time to do what I love. I love drinking coffee uninterrupted and binging on Netflix. I love reading books and going on dates with my husband. I love going out with friends and getting my nails done. But most of all, I love to sleep. I would love to be able to sleep for 8 hours, uninterrupted.


Luvs really wants us parents to be able to do more of what we love (including sleep!) and they recently introduced the new and improved Luvs Ultra Leakguard Diapers with NightLock Plus™. These diapers are softer and more absorbent than before, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakage protection and a money-back guarantee. So you can sleep better knowing your baby's diaper wont leak all night! Doesn't get much better than that!



Luvs recently conducted a formal poll of moms across the country to take a look at parenting like it really is and uncover what they truly value most. Did you know that nearly 2 in 3 moms of children 3 and under have never taken a day completely for themselves? I believe it! In the 5+ years since becoming a mom, I've never taken a single day to myself! Here are some more of the statistics they found:


 Parenthood is a roller coaster ride, but experienced parents take it all in stride. They value the things that help them get through the day and that make their lives a little bit easier – from a best mom friend who always has their back to great products that get the job done and don’t break the bank (like Luvs). Luvs is always committed to providing moms and dads with value. They recognize that parenting can be difficult, so diapering shouldn’t be. 

​As we welcome in the New Year, perhaps the best resolution for parents is to give themselves a well-deserved “time-out” and a little bit of “me time.” I know that my New Years Resolution for 2017 is to give myself some more "me time." Whether its a nap for myself on the weekend or a day out to get my nails done, I need to take some time for myself more often! With the help of Luvs, we all can do more of #whatuluv!

Visit Coupons.com to access a Luvs coupon of $1 off any one diaper pack! Click the link for more details!

How are you going to make yourself a priority this year and do #whatuluv?

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Best of Raffi CD Release Coming in February!

BELOVED CHILDREN’S TROUBADOUR RAFFI TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS OF MUSIC WITH BEST OF RAFFI

CAREER-SPANNING ALBUM MARKS THE ARTIST’S FIRST COLLECTION OF HITS TO BE RELEASED OUTSIDE OF CANADA


Due out February 10, 2017, Best Of Raffi will mark the first, curated collection of Raffi’s music to be released outside of his native Canada. Best Of Raffi will include such classics as “Down By The Bay” (1976), “Bananaphone” (1994), and, perhaps his most iconic hit, “Baby Beluga” (1980).

Raffi’s albums consistently make the U. S. sales charts, and he continues to perform and record actively: his most recent title, Owl Singalong, was released earlier in 2016 to critical acclaim, and he is currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour. With 40 years’ worth of favorites, Best Of Raffi will bridge the gap between parents who grew up with his music, and their children, discovering many of these classics for the first time. 

Preorder Best Of Raffi: http://smarturl.it/BestOfRaffiCD

For tour dates visit raffinews.com/raffi/concerts/

Best Of Raffi track list:

Baby Beluga
Down By the Bay
Apples and Bananas
Shake My Sillies Out
Wheels On the Bus
Day O
Bananaphone
Let's Play
Everything Grows
Mr. Sun
Love Bug
Owl Singalong
One Light One Sun
Rise and Shine
If You're Happy and You Know It
Thanks a Lot

Monday, December 19, 2016

Personalized Santa Freebies!




Who doesn't love freebies?! One of my favorite freebies this time of year is free letters from Santa! Z is really excited this year for Santa and she has already asked me to help her write out her Christmas list so I knew she would adore getting a personalized letter from Santa. During my search, I found several other free ways to communicate with Santa! Here are my favorites!


Letter To Santa
Before we get into a letter from Santa, what about a letter to Santa? Z is only 4 so she's not quite at the "write a whole letter to Santa" stage so I found a fill-in-the-blank template from Dolled Up Design that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers! It allows them write in their age, what they want for Christmas, and even gives them room to draw a picture!
www.dolledupdesign.net

Letter From Santa
There are a ton of websites to find free letters from Santa but FreeLettersFromSanta.com is my favorite. Their site is easy to use, they have several templates to choose from, and they let you preview the letter before deciding to save it (not all the websites have this option!). Just fill in the blanks with your child's information, print it out, and you get a free letter from Santa!

Free Phone Call With Santa
Through Dial My Calls, you can personalize a phone call from Santa in a few different ways to make it a great experience for your kids. You can customize the free call from Santa with your child's name or a general greeting if you don't find their name on the list. 

USPS Free Letter From Santa
With the Santa Mail program from USPS, kids can get a reply back from Santa when they write him a letter and send him their Christmas wish list. You'll need to include a personalized response from Santa, but then the USPS will mail you back the letter from Santa, with a postmark right from North Pole, Alaska.

Buy a Letter/Package from Santa
Don't have the time or the want to print out your own letter? I understand that! Holidays are a busy time for most families and adding something else on your to-do list isn't always possible so I recommend Santa Will Write to you! I worked with them a few years back and they sent Z the most amazing package from Santa. She talked about it for months!

What do you do to keep the magic alive during the holiday season?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

DIY Package From Santa!


Z was really excited to send her first letter to Santa this year so I wanted to continue the fun and send her a little surprise in return! There are companies devoted to sending packages from Santa to your child and I wanted that same magic but for a fraction of the price. So, I made our own Package from Santa for under $10! 

Things You Need:
Letter From Santa
Envelope/gift box
Christmas confetti
Stickers, small toys, etc
Optional: Ribbon and decorations for box 


There are a ton of websites to find free letters from Santa but FreeLettersFromSanta.com is my favorite. Their site is easy to use, they have several templates to choose from, and they let you preview the letter before deciding to save it (not all the websites have this option!). Just fill in the blanks with your child's information, print it out, and you get a free letter from Santa!

 I bought some colorful Christmas confetti and a few Christmas themed toys from the Dollar Tree (and a $3 Lego Reindeer from Target!). I placed the goodies and confetti in the box, wrapped the box with tissue paper, and tied a ribbon around it.


I originally was on the hunt for a shiny silver or red envelope to mail this surprise in but I couldn't find one so I decided to go with a Santa gift box and tissue paper wrapping from the dollar store instead and just leave it near the fireplace rather than mail it. I mean, Santa has magic so he doesn't need to use the USPS, right?