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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Chocolate Chip Ice Box Cake!

Hello everyone. I know blog posts are coming far in between lately. Other life interest have taken hold of most of my time, but I don't plan on closing my blog anytime soon! I will be posting mostly on my Facebook Page, but I will still have blog posts every so often.

Now, I still follow a mainly vegetarian, plant based diet, but every so often I step out of my diet to try old favorites and for my son to experience them as well. This recipe is not like any of the ones I have posted in the past. This has a ton of sugar and dairy, and not a norm in our home. The last time I made this recipe, was at least six years ago. Well, the summer heat got to me (yes it's still hot hot hot here), and I wanted a cold slice of cake to satisfy my palate. Well, like I always do, I wait for the craving to pass. This time, it didn't, so I decided to go ahead and make it!


Again, this is not a normal for this blog, so it may not be for all my readers. But if you have a sweet tooth and want to make something different this upcoming Holiday season, this is definitely a party favorite!


Chocolate Chip Ice Box Cake.


Ingredients
About 30 Cookies (I bought two containers of Publix Chocolate chip cookies from the bakery)
1 Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tablespoons of sugar (or more depending to your taste)

Directions
1. Place the whipping cream and the mixing bowl into the freezer. You can also add the whisk from your mixing machine. Leave in the freezer for half an hour.
2. Pour half of the whipping cream into the bowl, and add the sugar. Start your mixer on slow and bring it to high. Mix for about 5 - 10 minutes. The cream should reach hard peaks. Stop every ouple minutes to fold the bottom and sides into the middle to make sure you get all of the whipping cream to the same consistency.
3. Place a small amount of the whipped cream you just whipped up onto a plate, or cake stand. Layer the top with the cookies. Repeat with most of the cookies and whipped cream. Make sure to leave a couple out for decoration.
4. If you need more whipped cream, use the rest of the heavy whipping container to make more whipped cream. At the end I usually make some more to cover the entire cake. I crumble two cookies into the whipped cream and fold it in before adorning the cake with it.
5. Top the cake with 1 or two crumbled cookies. (Optional.)
6. Place the cake in the fridge overnight. Make sure it sits for at least 12 hours!



Tips : 
Some like the cookies a bit softer. It's been suggested to dunk the cookies in milk for a few seconds before layering them.
Try using different cookies. Oreos, wafers, you name it.
Experiment : Add fruit! How about vanilla wafers and banana? Yum!


***Please excuse my pictures this time. I was not planning on making this recipe into a blog post. Usually I try to take pictures throughout the process of making the recipe and nice pictures afterwards. These were just for my personal Facebook!***

Friday, July 24, 2015

New Curtains!

So, I have been a little MIA lately. I apologize. I have had family visiting from outside the country and a few new projects up my sleeve. While we have hit up the beach and visited a few new places, we have also been redecorating. I got these awesome new blackout curtains to review.




About HLC.ME Essentials 2-Piece Thermal Insulated Wide-Width Blackout Grommet Panels
  • Reduce outside noise and enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment - Save on home heating and cooling costs
  • Blocks out 99% of Sunlight to any room anytime of the day
  • Package contains two (2) Wide Width Thermal Insulated Grommet Top Blackout Panel.
  • Each Panel measures 50" inch x 84" inch (Pair measures 100" inch x 84" inch)
  • Care Instructions: Machine Wash Cold, delicate cycle with mild detergent. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Cool iron if needed.


  • They are really good! Just look at the difference between the black ones on the left and the new red ones on the right! 


    Now look at the difference in light coming from the same window with half of it open.



    And the color is beautiful! I was a little worried when I ordered the red ones, but it is a deep red instead of a bright red.


    I love the texture of these curtains as well, but my favorite thing about them is that they are thermal insulated. That means that it is not as hot in my home as it has been this entire summer. We did not use a curtain rod here because my bed is right next to it and I want complete darkness. If I put a curtain rod, then light would come in from the sides a bit. Yes, I'm a little OCD about my night time routine! I ordered the Red curtains because I have a painting I won on a cruise a few years ago that we have wanted to put up but did not have anything to match it with. Now There will be a theme! If you need total darkness in a room, or want to keep your house cool, I highly recommend these curtains!

    Future posts: I will be posting about some cruelty free, natural make up!


    I received this product in return for an honest review. Affiliate links are included in post.

    Sunday, July 5, 2015

    Sunsella Buddy Boxes Review


    I think by now you can tell I am obsessed with food containers. I have reviewed so many over the past year and each one has their own personality. While the Sunsella Buddy Box is geared mostly to kids, I find myself using them on a regular basis. Why? Because of the different compartments. It reminds me to add different foods to whatever the main "dish" is. For example, my son one mid morning asked me for an egg sandwich, to which I happily obliged. I placed it in the buddy box after cutting it up, and noticed the two extra compartments empty. This prompted me to go to the fridge and grab some blueberries and raspberries. I thought, "How else can I make this a great brunch?" So I got a silicone cupcake liner and added some homemade hummus, with some baby carrots sliced up, and I also cut up a cheese stick and put it on the side. I was so jealous of his brunch, I made myself a duplicate.


    There is one problem with these trays, and that is that they are not leak proof. So what I do is If I want a salad or something that I know will leak, I place the dressing in a separate container. For example, Aiden had a playdate at the park one day and we brought a cucumber salad along with watermelon, hummus, and pretzels. I brought the dressing in the container from the Salad Cups, and the watermelon in a leak proof bowl. We then had a picnic at the park with some yummy healthy food.



    About the Sunsella Buddy Boxes

    Cost :  14.99 on Amazon (4 trays) 
  • Child-friendly, easy-open lids (WARNING: NOT leakproof).
  • Premium quality, BPA, phthalate and lead free, highly durable, meets FDA standards.
  • Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. Conveniently stack together for space saving storage.
  • Save money on sandwich bags & plastic wrap. Great for color-coding lunches for the whole family.
  • Dimensions: Length 9.5 x width 6.2 x height 2.2 inches - 1st compartment: 3 1/2 cups, 2nd compartment: 1 1/3 cups, 3rd compartment: 1 cup.

  • I received this product in return for an honest review. I am not required to give a positive review. All opinions stated are my own. Affiliate links may be included.

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015

    Fixing My Pinterest Fail




    Oh yea, remember my Pinterest Fail from a couple weeks back? Now I got an easy fix! I got these awesome salad cups to review. It comes with a case of two salad containers, and each comes with a fork and a salad dressing cup. So now if I want to take a salad to the park, it won't be soggy when I am ready to eat it! You can use this for fruit or veggies, or a combination if that is what you like. They are NOT leak proof, but it comes with the little salad dressing container to store separately.

    About The Fresh Salad Containers



    Keep Your Salads & fruits fresh, cool and crispy!
    The Best Salad Container on the market
    No More Soggy Salads
    Features
    - Eco-Friendly 100% Recyclable 
    - Made With Highest Quality Plastic BPA Free 
    - Convenient 2 ounce container for dressing 
    - Hand wash to retain The plastic's beauty
    Benefits
    - No More Soggy Salads 
    - Elegant design is perfect for serving salads without making a mess 
    - Easy To Clean 
    - Keep Your Salads & fruits fresh, cool and crispy
    Best Price On Amazon
    Highest Quality at Best Price on AMAZON.
    The Salad Container Backed By a Lifetime No-Hassle Free Replacement Guarantee
    THIS PRODUCT IS SIMPLY THE BEST FOR SALADS TO GO.
    Not satisfied?
    Return the Salad Containers for a full refund! 100% Money Back Guarantee!
    Package:
    - Set of 2 Salad Container 
    - 2 dressing cups  
    - 2 Forks 
    - Small: 8" x 6" Highest Quality at Best Price on AMAZON.

    I received this product in return for an honest review. I am not required to give a positive review. This post may contain affiliate links. All opinions stated are my own.

    Saturday, June 27, 2015

    Genius Charger


    Are you like me and have a what seems like a billion chargers and wires laying around? Yea! I always have charger cables laying around but I always seem to break them or lose them.  I ordered this charging cable for Samsung Note 3 and S5. I'll tell you right now, I did not like it. It charged my phone very slowly. What is the point of a fast charging cable if it does the opposite of what it is intended? I use it only when I can't find any of my other charging cords. 

    Ab out Genius Charging Cable




    • FULLY CHARGE IN HALF THE TIME Why be without your phone for longer than necessary? The Samsung Micro USB 3.0 cable is twice as fast as a standard 2.0 USB Samsung Note 3 or Samsung Galaxy S5 cable. Get your phone fully charged in 2 or 3 hours!
    • GET DATA TRANSFERRED IN SECONDS With other Samsung Note 3 cable & Samsung Galaxy S5 cable models, it can take minutes to load songs & videos to your phone. Our Genius Tech Fast Sync Technology gets the job done in a fraction of the time
    • INCREDIBLY VERSATILE SOLUTION Use as a Samsung Note 3 charger, a Samsung Galaxy S5 charger or a charging cable for any other device with a Micro USB 3.0 connector
    • SAVE POWER, SAVE YOUR DEVICE Genius USB 3.0 technology improves charging efficiency to reduce power consumption whenever you use you Samsung Note 3 or Samsung Galaxy S5 charger cable. Plus, the cable helps to protect against overheating, which can shorten the life of your device
    • GUARANTEED SATISFACTION With full Samsung OEM certification and a full 18-month warranty, our Samsung Note 3 USB cable & Samsung Galaxy S5 USB cable is guaranteed to provide the absolute best experience

    I received this product in return for an honest review. I am not required to give a positive review. All opinions stated are my own. 

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Intel-A-Temp Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer Review


    I rarely review baby products anymore because I have a toddler, but this bottle warmer caught my attention because I hated the one I had. So I decided to review it for those of you who have babies or are expecting. I made a video of it working with the different settings below if you would like to watch it. 


    My favorite features of the Intel-A-Temp warmer was that it turns of automatically. If the water gets too hot, it will turn off. This is an important feature that most bottle warmers don't come with. You can also set the temperature to what you find appropriate. It comes with the temperatures recommended, but you can adjust it as your baby gets older. You can also sterilize the baby bottles and nipples as you need it. It only takes about 10-15 minutes. Another cool feature is you can warm baby food in the little compartment it brings. If you want to warm up store bought baby food, or frozen homemade baby food. Since I have a toddler, I decided to give this as a gift to a friend who is having a baby soon. 

    About the Intel - A- Temp Bottle Warmer & Sterilizer



    INTRODUCING THE MOST ADVANCED BOTTLE WARMER & STERILIZER OFFERED ON AMAZON -- Your Baby Deserves the BEST!!! With Maxx Elite "Intel-A-Temp" you have Features not seen on any other bottle warmer. This is the Bottle Warmer that every mom needs to make life easier as a new mom. LOADED WITH FEATURES:
    UNIQUE FEATURES Only Offered by"Intel-A-Temp": ADVANCED SMART DIGITAL LED DISPLAY -- Set independent temperatures (AWESOME for Breastmilk) know exactly what temp works best for your baby. With the ability to individually set temperature from 25°C to 99°C-- QUICK AUTO TEMPERATURE Settings: With just a click of the on button go from 40°C, 65°C, 80°C and 99°C, for fast and easy operation
    PERFECT For NEWBORNS and NIGHT-TIME Feedings, Perfect for Breastmilk as breastmilk is thinner and requires more gentle heating, warms bottles, jar food, massage oil, essential oils. Sterilization to keep your baby healthy by killing germs and bacteria. Heavy-Duty commercial grade materials and power cord to withstand daily use. Full 1 year warranty. Tons of Amazing features makes "Intel-A-Temp" Simply a "MUST HAVE"
    ADVANCED TIMER FEATURE, (Mom's Best Friend) No other bottle warmer on the market feature the ability to set your baby's bottle in "Intel-A-Temp" then set a temperature and time ranging from 30 minutes to 9.5 hours. When that time arrives, "Intel-A-Temp" will turn on Automatically and heat your bottle to desired temperature. Don't worry if your baby sleeps extra time, built in smart sensors will keep bottle warmed to your set temperature. HIGH HEAT SENOR (HH), "Intel-A-Temp" helps preserves nutrients by not allowing Breastmilk or Formula to overheat, unit can lower it's water temperature if its higher than your desired temperature, then it will alert you when desired temperature has been reached.
    STEADY WARM FEATURE, Having a new-born has many unpredictable moments, "Intel-A-Temp" Smart Technology will patiently wait and keep your baby's bottle warm even after the desired temperature has been reached and for safety unit will shut off if water runs out. No more cold bottles!! -- PRESET STERILIZATION TIMING, Leaving home and want a clean bottle when you return is no problem with "Intel-A-Temp" just set it to 99°C, then set advance time and when you return home your baby's bottle is clean and ready to use.

    I received this product in return for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own. I am not required to give a positive review. All cost stated are correct as of posted date and time. This post contains affiliate links.
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