Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Recipe: Holiday Cranberry Spritzer

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The Holiday season is a great time to gather with friends and family members. We enjoy great gatherings filled with fun cocktails and games! Today I want to share a great Cranberry Spritzer we had at our last Game night party! 
What you will need: 
Wine ( I used a Acrobat Dry wine) 
Sparkling juice (any flavor will do) 
Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries ( I had frozen them prior to help keep the beverage cold) 
Limes
I received a free product to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
 Slice up the limes. I do not squeeze them but you are more then welcome too!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Recipe: An Apple Pie Love Story

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 Often time people say I am hard to shop for. Now, personally I do not think this is the case but I've never had to shop for myself ;). This year I asked for anything Kitchen related. I personally enjoy cooking and love all things food related! The little things like a new oven mitt get me rather excited!! Having said that, I was rather surprised when this Thoughtfully Baking box came to my door.  They included in my box, two mini ceramic pie dishes that can be served straight from the oven to the table. Measuring spoons, Blue Ribbon apple pie spice and Blue Ribbon pie crust mix. There's an oven mitt, haha!
 I received a free product to facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
After convincing some of my fellow Moms to come over and enjoy a fun game night I decided to give this baking kit a try. I chopped up a few apples and added the Apple Spice per the instructions provided in my box.
 Mixed the ingredients from the Crust packet as also directed. Knead, rolled out and cut my crust to lay nicely in the pans. Now most people cover their apple pies completely but we traditionally weave ours. You will see what I mean in just a minute!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Game night with the Mouth Guard Challenge

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 We have always enjoyed a good game night. Actually games are a large part of our lives. Waiting for school to start, pull out some cards and play a quick game. Have a bunch of friends over, pull out a game and enjoy some light competition as our children play. After a long work week I think we all needed some fun in our household. I posted we were having a game night on Facebook and started cleaning out house. Browsing the interwebs I came across this fun game, Mouth Guard Challenge. I knew after a few festive beverages my friends and family might just like to unwind and have a spot of fun together playing this!
I was provided a free game to try out and review. All opinions of the game are my own.
 First off it comes with "Mouth Guards". Much like the game name would suggest but perhaps looking at them in the packaging does them no justice. Once you put one of these bad boys in your mouth holy crow you have to have some serious poker faces not to bust out laughing at one another.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Enjoyed Orange Beach, AL in my Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

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Often times my job sends me to areas of the world I have never been. After recieving the email I was going to be one of the judges World Food Championship  in Alabama excitement filled my body. I was going to be a food judge!! EEK, taste delicious food = dream job!! Where on earth was Orange Beach, Alabama and how was I going to get there? I quickly Googled the location and found an airport to fly into. After booking my flight I arranged a rental and started packing my bags. After a 2 hour flight I arrived at the rental place completely unaware how my trip would unfold. Often times, I do not research much about an area when I am working because I do not want a preconceived notion. When they handed me the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring keys I about fell over!
I was given a complimentary rental for my trip. All opinons are my own.
Back home in New York, I drive a 4-wheel drive Chevy pick up that let's just say: "it has seen better days". The Mazda was completely out of my element in such a grand special way. Leather seats greeted my restless aching "just got off a stuffy airplane" body with comfort. By the time I drove out of the parking lot and onto the wonderfully wooded roads, I felt like I had drove this car for years.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Package from Santa

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Every child WANTS to believe Santa Claus is real. My son in particular knows the Santa we see in the shopping Malls is the THEE Santa but rather just an adult in costume. I like to thin he has the spirit of Christmas though. We send a letters to Santa every year in hopes he may hear my sons magical wishes for the coming Christmas Holiday. This year I thought I would jingle things up a bit. I headed to PackagefromSanta.com and sent him his very own customized box of Christmas Magic.
This post is in collaboration with  PackagefromSanta.com All opinions are my own.
I truly had no idea if he would believe it came for THE Santa or if he would just think the idea itself was neat! When it arrived I soon realized that the idea of Santa was definitely still in him even at age 7! The package was so authentic and realistic I have to say I am a bit jealous Santa did not send me a package ;).