Category: Eating

Link Round-up: Baked Sweet Potatoes, Valentine Ideas, and More

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has loaded baked sweet potato skins, valentine ideas, kitchen gadgets, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make loaded baked sweet potato skins.

Kenarry taught us how to remove a highlighter stain.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a cupid’s arrow valentine (and shared a printable).

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Crafts by Amanda shared 10 valentine ideas for kids from preschool age to teens.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed us how to make a cat quilling Valentine’s Day card.

Crafts ‘n Coffee shared a tutorial for an adorable Valentine’s Day pompom wreath.

Luv a Bargain shared her top picks for the 25 must-have kitchen gadgets.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Washi Tape Stickers, Rosemary Almonds, Groundhog’s Day, and More

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has DIY washi tape stickers, rosemary almonds, crafts for Groundhog’s Day, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for rosemary roasted almonds.

Create Craft Love shared some Groundhog’s Day crafts.

Then She Made shared a new take on how dinner’s being handled in her house this year.

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Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make washi tape stickers.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make lavender linen spray.

Crafts ‘n Coffee taught us how to make cute Valentine’s Day décor from book pages.

Two Healthy Kitchens shared a recipe for quick stovetop vegetarian chili with red peppers, corn, and black beans.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Muslin and Merlot

Chuao Chocolatier Offers Unique Valentine’s Day Treats

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 by No Comments

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, who doesn’t love chocolate? If you’re looking for a tasty treat for your significant other, Chuao Chocolatier has two new offerings that are sure to please.

  • Love Child Bonbon Collection: These dried strawberries are nestled in a port wine-infused dark chocolate. Dark and rich, sweet and tangy, they’re full of all natural aphrodisiacs and are ready to sweep you off your feet. Available in a 6 or 12 piece collection for a limited time only.
  • The Aphrodisiac Heart Bonbon Collection: This assortment of luscious caramels is infused with tempting aphrodisiac treats like sweet strawberry caramel, fresh mint cream, and exotic passion fruit and bedded in decadent chocolate. Available in a 5, 9, 16, 30, or 60 piece collection.

Of the two products, my personal favorite is the Love Child Bonbon Collection. The strawberry and dark chocolate combination is a decadent treat that’s the perfect way to end a romantic dinner with your significant other and an interesting alternative to the chocolate covered strawberries I normally buy for Valentine’s Day. I was a caught a little off guard by the recommendation that they be consumed in one week, however.

Chuao Chocolatier products are made with all natural ingredients and ethically sourced cocoa. They are gluten free, but made in a facility that processes milk, wheat, and tree nuts on shared equipment.

To learn more, visit the Valentine’s Day section of the Chuao Chocolatier website. In addition to the two new products mentioned above, they also offer several gift sets that include a wine and chocolate pairing or a wide assortment of various Chuao Chocolatier treats.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Chuao Chocolatier

Link Round-up: Crafts, Valentine’s Day Ideas, Hot Chocolate Popcorn, and More

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cute crafts, Valentine’s Day gift ideas, hot chocolate popcorn, and more.

Muslin and Merlot showed us how to make hearts out of stacked book pages.

Mind Body Green shared eight foods you can use to “eat yourself clean.”

Seven Thirty Three shared a Valentine’s lunch kit printable.

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to put together an adorable baby bird scrambled egg breakfast.

Thrifty Jinxy shared some ideas for inexpensive Valentine’s Day gifts.

Lou Lou Girls taught us how to make hot chocolate popcorn.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a free printable for houndstooth valentines.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons

Link Round-up: Making Home a Haven, Healthy Recipes, Energy, and More

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for making your home a haven, getting energized, healthy recipes, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie gave us a recipe for chocolate chip cookie overnight oats.

Mind Body Green shared eight yoga poses that will help you strengthen your arms for chaturanga (in case you took up yoga this year!).

Introvert, Dear shared seven ways to get energized and shared a delicious smoothie recipe.

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Kenarry shared some tips for making your home a haven.

Seven Thirty Three shared a child’s slouchy beanie crochet pattern.

Thrifty Jinxy gave us a list of eight things you should buy in January.

Your Charmed Life showed us how to make chicken tortilla soup.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and SergeMouilleUSA [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Candy Club’s Candy of the Month Club Indulges Your Sweet Tooth

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 by 1 Comment

Do you know someone with a sweet tooth? If so, a subscription to Candy Club’s Candy of the Month Club would be a great gift idea.

Candy Club’s Candy of the Month Club is a new subscription service designed especially for candy lovers. Each month’s box includes a unique assortment of hard-find classic candies and popular favorites delivered right to your doorstep.

There are three options to choose from:

  • $24.99 month to month subscription with a retail value of $60 (58% savings)
  • $19.99 six month subscription with a retail value of $60 (66% savings)
  • $17.99 yearly subscription with a retail value of $60 (70% savings)

Boxes may include goodies such as:

  • Haribo Gummi Techno Bears
  • Sour Power Wild Cherry Belts
  • Gimbal’s Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans
  • Butterfields Peach Buds
  • Salt Water Taffy

Assuming your gift recipient isn’t terribly picky or a food allergy sufferer, this looks like an amazing present for candy lovers of all ages. I love giving edible gifts to people who are trying to keep the clutter in their homes to a minimum, Plus, I think it’s always fun to get something in the mail that isn’t another bill to pay!

What do you think of this idea? Do you know anyone who would enjoy a Candy Club’s Candy of the the Month Club subscription?

Photo credit: Candy Club

Link Round-up: Breakfasts, Cat Toys, Planners, and More

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has breakfast ideas, cat toys, a planner, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for oatmeal trail mix cupcakes.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make junk food cat toys.

A Mom’s Take shared an idea for a healthy, easy Valentine’s Day lunch.

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Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make cracked marble pendants.

The Joys of Boys shared an easy Valentine’s Day breakfast.

Homemade Interest taught us to make tuna salad with avocado.

Aunt Peaches talked about the best $60 she ever spent—on a day planner.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

Link Round-up: Budgeting Tips, Recipes, Tank Top Organization, and More

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has recipes, budgeting tips, a way to keep your tank tops organized, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for customizable breakfast granola cups.

A Mom’s Take shared a family budget worksheet.

Thrifty Jinxy showed us how to make playing card valentines.

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Muslin and Merlot taught us to hang our tanks on a huggable hanger so it’s easier to find them.

Noble Pig shared a recipe for sticky toffee pudding.

Mom 4 Real taught us how to make your own peppermint lip balm to put in an old EOS container.

Hello Little Home shared a recipe for kale and Brussels sprout salad with maple vinaigrette.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Muslin and Merlot

Have You Heard of the New Starbucks Flat White?

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 by No Comments

I always get excited when I see a new drink on the Starbucks menu because I love trying new things, but I’m not the most creative at making up the concoctions myself. Failing there can get expensive, so I don’t experiment too much aside from an extra shot of espresso or the addition of a syrup.

The flat white is Starbucks’ take on an Australian (some say New Zealand) coffee drink. Starbucks claims it’s bolder than a latte, thanks to an extra ristretto shot. There’s something the baristas are trained to do when they steam the milk, too, that makes it taste creamier and smoother than the typical Starbucks drink.

By default, the drinks are made with whole milk instead of the typical 2 percent used in other drinks, but I’m sure you can order it and tweak it as you wish and the barista will be happy to oblige.

When I first tried the drink, I thought the coffee taste was too weak and it was way too milky. I did really appreciate the creaminess, since it was about 20 degrees outside and my coffee was then playing two roles one the time: caffeine and comfort food.

It wasn’t bitter the way some drinks can be when they don’t have additional syrups to balance the espresso flavor out. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it was delicious without being overly sweet.

I tried another one later, and the coffee flavor was much more pronounced and the drink was everything I wanted it to be. My husband’s always said the coffee flavor was strong enough, so I think my first drink may have just been made a little differently (maybe they forgot a shot or they didn’t have the technique down perfectly since it was their first day selling them).

I highly recommend the drink if you always feel like Starbucks’ specialty drinks are too sweet or you want to cut some of the sugar out of your diet but can’t escape your Starbucks habit.

Photo credit: Starbucks