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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!!
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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?? 
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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!!
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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
8. UNACKNOWLEDGED
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??
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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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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Back to College in style, thanks to the Jetson Quest at Best Buy

In just a few short days the Northern states will be back to school (some of you may have already started)! Going to a new school or maybe first time at college?? Let the Jetson Quest (found at your local Best Buy) take you around campus as you embark on a new chapter in your lives. For me, this year marks my son going to middle school farther away from our home. While still in walking distance it will be a rather big adjustment for both of us!
This post was in collaboration with Best Buy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
The 250W hub motor lets you travel up to 18 miles at 15mph, while the bright LED headlight and deck lights support nighttime travel. It has a easy-fold system to conveniently stow away this Jetson Quest electric scooter in your car's trunk or underneath a desk. 
Here are a few features we loved:

Premium lithium-ion battery
Provides a max range up to 18 miles.
 
Weight capacity
The scooter can handle any rider weighing up to 220.5 lbs.
 
Ultra-bright LED headlight and taillight
Make your evening ride more comfortable and safe.
 
Suitable for children ages 13 and older
For safe riding.

Ride Responsibly:
The purchaser and rider of this product are responsible for knowing and obeying all state and local regulations regarding the use of this product. It is highly encouraged that you read and follow the product instructions including all safety precautions and use protective gear. 
Protective gear can be found at http://www.bestbuy.com/protectivegear.
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Monday, September 2, 2019

Honey Salmon Recipe with zucchini and carrot

 We have been really trying to eat healthier! 
What you will need:
⅗ oz. Butter 
2 Carrots 
2 Zucchini 
2 tsp. Sweet Basil, Citrus, and Garlic Rub 
12 oz. Salmon Fillets 
½ fl. oz. Honey 
Preheat oven to 400. Trim zucchini ends, halve lengthwise, and cut on an angle into ½" pieces. Chop carrots.  Pat salmon fillets dry, and season flesh side with a pinch of salt and pepper.
 Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil and salmon, skin side up, to hot pan. Sear on one side until golden brown, 2-4 minutes. Flip salmon, and transfer to prepared baking sheet. Roast in hot oven until salmon is firm and reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 7-10 minutes. I added the butter and honey on top as pictured above. While you can cook these separately I just cook the veggies with some olive oil placed on the same oven sheet.
  This is a delicious dish for lunch or dinner. 
It is easy to make, I hope you try it out!
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