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Monday, October 14, 2019

Chocolate Chip Cheese Cake Recipe

I saw this video on Facebook featuring this recipe here and thought WE CAN MAKE that dessert! Oh my this Cheesecake recipe is AWESOME!! I will say after making this I prefer to just use the Cookie dough for the crust and not sprinkle it on top. Feel free to make it how you prefer because either way it tastes delicious!
 What you will need:
1 18 oz roll refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough 
8 oz cream cheese softened 
1/2 cup granulated sugar 
1 egg room temperature 
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper or non-stick foil. Set aside. Spread a little more than half of the cookie dough onto the bottom of the baking dish and press down firmly creating an even layer. Using a stand mixer or hand held mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add in the sugar and beat until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Pour the cheesecake filling over the top of the cookie dough base. 
  Sprinkle the remaining cookie dough over the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until fully cooked. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. We placed our in the fridge which helped set the cheesecake!
What is your favorite Cheese Cake??

Friday, October 11, 2019

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studio Orlando, Florida

 If you are a Halloween lover like me you may have seen Haunted Houses at Universal Studio Orlando, Halloween Horror Nights advertised. I wanted to give you my opinion because after a visit I have been itching to go back and experience them again! I would suggest getting your tickets online and arriving at Universal Early. This is a VERY popular event.
When traveling I always try and find a great hotel close to the events I will be experiencing. I usually search for hotels with: "Airport/attraction shuttle", "Complimentary breakfast" etc. This trip I stayed at the beautiful Magic Moment Resort! Palm trees, friendly staff, affordable price and it was conveniently located near Universal Studios and Disney!
I don't care how many times I walk into the Wizarding World...each time is special! When you go to the Halloween Horror Nights the Wizarding World is open. I will say it is pretty neat walking around at night time. Just be aware it's popular so crowds do tend to flock in the stores.
Before the sunset may of the workers are dressed up in character. Honestly, it was rare that they would break character (props to them). Most will not stand for a photo it can be known to happen. This particular capture (above) happened after I was taking with my friend and turned to see why he hadn't answered me. This lovely fellow was standing next to me in his place. We both had a good laugh about it but I'm sure my son might have wet himself (he HATES being scared).
 We rated each Haunted House setup in the park based on a "Scare rating". I usually do not "jump" because while I love the idea of being scared (sort of) I rarely jump because of it. When I did I would fist pump the workers and tell they "got me" (three times in total for the night, thank you)! In 2017, my Scare ratings of the Haunted Houses - were as follows
 1. Blumhouse 
2. Dead Waters 
3. Scarecrow 
4. Ashh Evil
*Again these were based off props, cast, details and if I person all got scared or not.
**Hive- was not even rated on my list...
If you visit I urge you to Play this little Scare rating game with your friends. I think it really makes you appreciate all the work that goes into these Haunted Houses and everyone can have fun discussing their experiences! 
Do you enjoy Haunted Houses??
What is your favorite Scary Movie??

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

30 of the Creepiest Shows on Netflix

Frederica Church Cemetery
Do you enjoy being scared? The sensation of your hair standing up on the back of your neck is infectious! Netflix has so many Creepy flicks, What should you watch?? Here are some of our personal favorite recommends:

1. Bird Box- if you have not seen a meme about this Sandra bullock movie where have you been?? We had the pleasure of watching it before it became "Facebook Ad" famous. It has good plot direction, it was suspenseful and creepy!
2. Flinch
3. Dead to Me
4. The Haunting of Hill House

5. Conversations with a killer The Ted Bundy Tapes
6. The Boy
7. Before I Wake
8. Little Evil
9.Death Note
10.Paranormal Survivor
11. Haunted
12. World's Weirdest Homes
13. The Monster
14. 47 Meters Down
15. Ghost Ship
Frederica Church & Cemetery
16. Final Destination- I am throwing it back to my childhood recommending these movies! It has been a whole hot minute since I have watched these action packed, jump out of your seat flicks!! When i saw these added I knew we had to do a little throwback binge session!
17. The Disappointments Room
18. Scream
19. Poltergeist
20. American Horror Story
21. Await Further Instructions
22. Hold the Dark
23. Cargo
24. Day of the Dead
25. We are not Alone
26. Into the Forest
27. I am a Killer
28. Creeped Out
29. The Originals

Kid's Corner:
30. Coraline
31. Goosebumps
32. A Series of Unfortunate Events
What Creepy Show/Movie do you enjoy on Netflix?
What is your favorite Throwback Horror Flick? 
Let us know in the comments!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Let's Host Holiday parties with the new LG InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator with Craft Ice

Fall time is casually coming to the Northern states and I am busy preparing for festive parties. After owning my home for the last 14 years it's time to upgrade my appliances to fit our lifestyle. We headed to our local Best Buy and found this beauty, LG’s InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator. It seriously has everything I need to become the ultimate home entertainer! I'm talking dual ice makers with Craft Ice™ that automatically create crushed, cubed and LG’s exclusive slow-melting round ice on demand (pictured above), for upscale, craft drinks at home - helping beverages taste their best longer.
I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card to help facilitate my review.  I was not required to give a positive review, all opinions expressed are my own.
Buying new appliances can be so overwhelming while in store. I recommend doing your research beforehand. Also check appliance features. Here are some we loved about this new LG fridge:

INSTAVIEW DOOR-IN-DOOR The LG InstaView™ design lets you see inside your refrigerator without ever opening the door—simply knock twice on the unique glass panel Offering quick and easy access to favorite foods, the popular Door-in-Door® design gets even better with an adjustable bin that fits snacks and drinks of all sizes Bin glides smoothly up and down and locks into place with minimal effort 

CRAFT ICE LG brings one of the hottest beverage trends home with the Craft Ice™ maker that automatically makes batches of slow-melting round ice—without the work No more messing with expensive and time-consuming molds that only produce one or two at a time A game changer for home entertainers, Craft Ice™ opens a new world of high-end drinks and keeps your soft drinks, lemonade and iced coffee tasting their best Additional ice maker on the door produces traditional cubed or crushed ice LG’s exclusive round, slow-melting Craft Ice™ - helping beverages taste their best longer 

FRESH INNOVATIONS Keeps produce fresh up to 2X LONGER* Only LG offers 3 innovative cooling technologies that work together to extend the life of fruits and vegetables and help keep all foods fresh and flavorful Linear Cooling maintains consistent temperatures within 1°F of the setting Smart Cooling uses digital sensors and an array of vents for total cooling control Door Cooling + delivers blasts of cool air that reach all areas of the refrigerator
Whether you love to entertain like we do or just want and upgrade I highly recommend you consider the new LG  InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator. 
What features do you look for in new appliances??
How long have you had your appliances?? 

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY

 Need a great place to take the family this Fall? Might I suggest a trip to the Great Pumpkin Farm in Clarence, NY. They currently have Fall Festival Weekends going on which bring all sorts of fun for the family. We happened to visit on a BBQ weekend and it was a delicious experience.
Your ticket includes a Magic Show, Hay ride and the Cracklin' Hen show! Plus, 🍁 All weekdays are FREE (except Columbus Day)!!!
 Spend a day picking out pumpkins, petting animals, or riding rides and attractions. They even had WHITE pumpkins...EEK!!
  Other great attractions:
Face painting
Hayrides 🚜 --The zombies coming out of the corn field was pretty AWESOME
Corn Maze 🌽 
Boo Barn 🧟‍♀️ 
 Zombie Train 🚂 
Jumbo Jumping Pillows
 If you are bringing kids they have a nice play area, wooden train to climb on and two slides.
 They have many different vendors for food if you get hungry. Including the Witches Brew & Cafe and fresh bakery featuring my personal favorite Cider or pumpkin donuts!! 
What's your favorite Fall Festival to attend??
Where do you pick out your yearly Pumpkins??

Monday, September 30, 2019

Hawaiian Cake Recipe

 I had a similar cake recipe while down south. I have been trying to recreate it. I decided to create cupcakes for my son's Halloween Party and they turned out great. These are perfect for any holiday not just Halloween. 
What you will need:
2 Cups - All-purpose flour 
3 Cups – Sugar 
2 Tsp. – Baking Soda 
2 – Eggs 
1 (20oz) can of pineapple with juice
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts  
1 cup shredded coconut 
1 stick of butter  
4 ozs. whipped cream cheese 
1 cups confectioners’ sugar 
1 tsp vanilla extract
Spray your oven pan we used a Cupcake tin. Preheat oven to 325. Mix flour, 2 cups sugar, baking soda, eggs, pineapples including the juice, coconut and walnuts until all ingredients are moist. Spoon mixture into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of the cake comes out dry. When I first made these I turned my oven up to speed up the process and they were a complete mess. Slow and low heat are the trick with this recipe!
 After pulling from the oven let them cool. To create the frosting: beat butter and cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Then gradually add in 1 cup of sugar, the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add water or milk for a soft consistency. 
 I topped them with candy corn but you could top them with anything really. Walnuts, other types of candies even sprinkles!
Hope you try this recipe and enjoy!!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Easy to make Honey Mustard Chicken Salad Sandwich

Every day my spouse and I sneak a little lunch date into our rather busy work schedules. Sometimes we go out to eat, grab take out or make lunch at home. I run out of ideas so I opted to activate our Home Chef account for some inspiration! I love the quality of the ingredients and the recipe ideas. This particular lunch idea is an inspired recipe with our own twist. I hope you enjoy it!! If you are interested in Home Chef I will leave you my referral links, which scores you a $30 credit off your first purchase! The best part...they delivery everything you need right to your door, no grocery shopping required! You can easily pause or deactivate your account like we do and nothing is charged!
We hope you enjoy this tasty lunch idea as much as we do and if you have great recipe ideas let us know in the comments below!!
What you will need:
Honey Mustard Dressing ( I prefer the Kraft version here)
Sliced Mozzarella 
6 oz. bagged Roasted Chicken Breast (cooked chicken will work as well)
½ oz. Sliced Almonds 
2 Pretzel Buns 
½ oz. Baby Spinach
This makes two sandwiches but you can easily make more or less depending on your needs!
 Toast your bread buns until they are warmed, around 1-2 minutes. I used microwaveable roasted chicken ( you can find it at any grocery store) but you can use cooked chicken as well.
 Combine chicken, honey mustard, and almonds in a bowl.
  Place cheese and spinach on bottom bun. 
 Then add your dressing and chicken...it's that easy!!
Let us know if you try this recipe out!
Do you have a favorite kind of Honey Mustard Dressing?? 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Aladdin, A Dog's Journey just came out on DVD, Blu-ray and On Demand

I can remember watching Aladdin for the first time as a youngster. My brother and I would sit and watch these classics over and over again. Fast forward to now when we both have kids of our own. It is an exciting time to see the full circle of now enjoying them with our kids! These two movies came in the mail today and I just have to share a little about them!!
Review copies were given to help facilitate this review, all opinions are expressed are my own.
The live-action adaptation of the animated classic, Aladdin, lands in homes on Digital and Movies Anywhere August 27 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD September 10!! Starring Will SmithNaomi Scott and Mena Massoud, the release includes all new bonus features, such as deleted scenes, a blooper reel and more!
Disney's animated classic Aladdin joins the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, now available on Digital, and on Blu-ray tomorrow.
In celebration of the release, TinkerLab has created a simple science experiment where you can make your own magic carpet, inspired by the film!
 Geeks Who Eat has created a themed recipe inspired by The Genie! Take a look at the recipe below for Genie's Fig Jam Cookies, and please share with your readers.

Picking up where A Dog's Purpose left off, A Dog's Journey continues the tale of lovable farm dog, Bailey, as he finds a new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond, and learns that some friendships transcend lifetimes. The film stars Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Kathryn Prescott and Henry Lau, as well as Josh Gad as the voice of Bailey. 

A Dog's Journey released on Digital August 6 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand August 20!!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

25 Space related shows on Netflix

Space exploration has been at the forefront of our minds. My son is pretty into anything space related after visiting National Air and Space Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. Traveling in space fuels our imaginations from early ages. We live in a world that has traveled in space, explored planets and continues the push to find other life forms. Enjoy 25 of these Space related shows/movies on Netflix.
1. The Farthest Voyage in Space
2. Space Dealers
3. The last man on the Moon
 4. Cosmodrome
5. Edge of the Universe
6. Lost in Space
7. Horizon Secrets of the Universe
9. Apollo 13
10. The Beyond
11. One Strange Rock
 12. 2036 Origin Unknown
13. The Cloverfield paradox
14. Blue Planet 11
15. Apollo 18
16. Our Planet
17. Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries
18. 10 Last on Earth
19. Moon
20. Mission Control
21. The Mars Generation

Kid's Corner:
22. Space Buddies
23. Meet the Robinsons
24. Planet 51
25. Next Gen
What are your favorite Space related movies/shows??

Saturday, September 7, 2019

From Vines to Wines in Lake Erie Wine Country, PA

Mazza Winery
A few weeks back, I was extremely lucky to explore the beautiful Lake Erie Wine Country in Pennsylvania. We toured, sampled and learned everything that goes into the delicious liquid gold (wine) we drink. After spending a few days with the Mazza family, they truly made our small group of writers feel like part of their family. They started with a small single vineyard and have grown to five locations featuring dozens of products, including wines, spirits and craft beers! Their various locations sit on the largest contiguous, farm to farm of vineyards, east of the Rockies!
I was hosted as part of a Press Trip to help facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive experience. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. 
Our first stop was to visit Micheal Moorhead, on his 100 acre vineyard. He was extremely passionate about his crop, as he showcased, demonstrated and walked us around some of his blooming rows of grapes. It is so vital we understand not just the packaged version of a drink we consume but also the many hands in which prepare it for us. From climate change, pesticides to the different variety of grapes, he was willing to entertain our vast questions while still managing to captivate us with this years yield. 
A life of a farm is never easy. Some years the soil, weather, area conditions fall into place and others years farmers struggle to make ends meat. It is so important, as consumers, that we remember farmers are key to our livelihood. Simple things like buying local can mean the difference between a flourishing community and a ghost town.
 From these vines, grapes are transported to the Mazza Wineries and made into different varieties of wine. We tasted some Sparkling Wine (pictured above) on our very first day. I have to say each are enjoyable but if I had to pick my favorite I would recommend, South Shore Sparkling Chardonnay. 
Fun Fact: "Mazza was the first Pennsylvania winery this side of Canada to pioneer ice wine, a rare and distinct wine that results from pressing grapes while they are still frozen."
Have a sweet tooth?? Some of the states still do not have the luxury of Ice Wine or Late Harvest Wine, like many of us Northerners. I will let you in on a little secret it's delicious! In order to procure such a sweet liquid dessert one must allow the grapes to chill on the vine under 17F or colder before harvesting. While visiting the Mazza Winery we tasted several of their Ice wines and I have to say the 2016 Ice Wine was my favorite!!
 Vines to wines to a brewery and spirits?? The venture from wines to a brewery is not completely unheard of but in this area it was pretty new. Our final stop on the trip was to their last (newest) location, Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing located in Westfield, NY. It may seem odd that we jumped the state border PA to NY) but I assure you it is a simple drive maybe 20 minute between locations. The Wine Country trail continues down into Dunkirk, NY if you are interested! 
Rather impressive to see the next generation of the Mazza family help grow with the times and add beer and spirits to their extensive list of products. What impresses me more is the absolute desire to source locally, and put out little to no waste in the process. Meet Chester Copper pot and Dr. Van-done (pictured above) the magic machines behind the brewing and spirit making. 
 The human masterminds behind the new innovations are (left to right), Paul Alessi – Brewer, Mario Mazza - General Manager, Enologist and Joe Nelson – Distiller. This crew is passionate, inventive and determined to keep with the times by tasting, making and supplying new creations. All while making sure quality is at the forefront of their daily operations. The locals have even named this particular location as “The Westfield Wonder.”
While at Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing might I also suggest a stop into the seasonal Bird cafe? Chef Dan Kern is by far one of the most talented young culinary chefs to grace my palate. From his innovative flavor profiles, to his passion of authentic ingredients, his plates are both delicious and visually creative! Seriously, pull up a chair and let him whip you up a little tasty treat....you will thank me later!
 Sourcing locally just does not seem to be enough, The Mazza family takes it a few steps further by caring about the environment. Our very last stop consisted of a stop at the TimberFish Technology, Aquatic Ecosystem setup. While I will be dedicating a full post explaining a more in depth explanation of what this actually does the shear ideal of taking waste from the brewery and making it into something viable is ground breaking! 
I took so much away from the experiences and places we visited. There is far more going on behind the cellars at the Mazza locations than just alcoholic beverages. It was inspiring to see generations working along side one another to create successful innovations. Each person on the Mazza team are passionate about the business, products and community they operate in. 
Why not road trip and visit them?!
What kind of wine do you prefer??
Ever been on a Wine trail (let us know in the comments below)?
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