Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ButcherBox #Review with Recipe Installment 2 @butcherbox


For those of you who are seeing this post before the other, make sure to go back and read my first installment for ButcherBox. This place is amazing and I loved the box, or rather bag, of fresh grass-fed beef. Today I want to jump right into my review though with the recipes, etc.




For the pork chops I actually made them all, cooked one way and then did something completely different with them the next night. So the first night we marinated them and tossed them on the grill. Super tender, juicy and very tasty.




The taste was just great. So for the second night we sliced them up, put BBQ sauce on them and fried them on the stove. And if it could even be possible, they tasted even better.



The BBQ sauce almost turned into a glaze since we had them in a skillet, and slicing them just made them so tender.



The last recipe I am going to share today is what I made with the ground beef. And I would be hard pressed to decide on which I liked better, this or the Colorful Chicken Alfredo.

Beefy Pasta Bake


1 lb Ground Beef
dash of olive oil
Minced Garlic
Chopped onion
1 lb Rigatoni (I used large shell)
1 jar Garlic Alfredo Sauce
1 Jar Roasted Garlic Spaghetti
16 oz Mozzarella Cheese



I took the ground beef and cooked it with the minced garlic and chopped onion. You can also add plenty of herbs, I used an italian herb mixture. While the meat is cooking, fix the pasta as normal, and I added a dash of olive oil in the water.



When the ground beef is finished, drain and set to the side. After the pasta is cooked al dente, drain and put back in the pot. Add both jars of pasta sauce, yes it looks like a lot but it bakes up great.



Add the ground beef and mix all together.



Pour into a baking dish, you might need to use two of them because this makes a lot, and then cover liberally with the mozzarella cheese.



Bake at 350* until the cheese is melted, then serve with a garden salad and garlic toast.



All I can say is that after eating this for dinner, we pulled it out again later that evening as a snack, plus there was enough for leftovers the next day. It had so much good flavor, I can't even explain how much we enjoyed this. Like I said, hard pressed to pick between this one and the Colorful Chicken Alfredo.

So, I might be writing another post with more recipes after I cook some more, but wanted to share these ones right now. I have really enjoyed my shipment from ButcherBox, and this meat is the freshest I have ever tasted. Loved trying out new recipes and fixing all different things.

As always, be sure to check out ButcherBox on their social media channels and if you are wanting to order some grass-fed beef, delivered straight to your door, this is the place to go.



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Visit to Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers! #ilovefreddys

Well, our weather has turned unexpectedly cool here, actually been able to turn off the air a bit and just leave the windows open. Talk about a nice way to save on money. One of the fun things about being a blogger and doing reviews, is that I am able to feature great restaurants such as this one here. How many of you have ever visited Freddy's? If you have never been, then you are sadly missing out on some of the best steakburgers and frozen custard around.


For my visit I was sent a gift card for the family to go eat. We all packed up in the rain, and headed out to get us a good meal, my mouth watering the instant we stepped inside. The aroma of grilling burgers and hot french fries makes for an amazing smell as you come in. Now Freddy's is a "fast food" restaurant, but their service is impeccable and the food, while a tad bit higher than a regular meal on the go place, is definitely worth paying the extra. And if you try anything, make sure to try their french fry sauce, it is out of this world!



For myself I tried the Chili Cheese Dog combo. Normally I eat their steakburger, but I wanted to taste something different. And let me tell you, the hot dog was fresh and all beef, it didn't have that terrible flavor some do.



Came out steaming and was great, yes, I even dipped it in the special fry sauce. The little one got a chicken basket kids meal, which she actually ate almost all of. This is not normal for her, but she really loved the sauce and dipped anything and everything in it that she could.



Now there was no way I was leaving without trying the Nutter Butter custard sandwich. I saw it on the menu board and it looked very tasty, though different. And yes, it was great! I loved the flavor of mixing the vanilla custard and the peanut butter taste.



If you are ever passing by one of these restaurants, or you are looking for a great burger, please stop by. Freddy's has an array of choices that even the pickiest eater will enjoy. It is worth going out of the way for, believe me.



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a gift card in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, September 1, 2017

Legacy Shave Evolution Brush & Razor #Review #Shave

Well, a very breezy and windy day here today, but thankfully the rain has abated for now. Will have to see how long that lasts but happy for what we have. Today I want to introduce a company, mainly for the menfolk, but also applicable for the ladies. Legacy Shave is a brand you will all be wanting to check out, believe me.



Legacy Shave is known for their Evolution Brush, and when I first saw this, I knew I was going to love it. After all, how many of you have trouble trying to get the shaving cream spread out evenly? Hands raised all over right? Whether you are a man or woman, shaving cream can be one of the best things, or one of the worst. But not any more with the evolution brush. This attaches to your can of shaving cream, or shaving gel, and it allows you to use it just like normal, but the brush automatically distributes the cream and allows for a better shaving experience!



For the men, this really aids in removing your beard. It is perfect to help mix the gel or cream right into the hair, and I found, while using it on my legs, that it really helps you to use less product. Because it spreads it better than my hand, I was able to use a smaller amount than I normally would. So I am assuming it would be the same way for the guys.



Now for the razor, I received the Legacy Shave 5 Blade Razor for a friend. He said that compared to the razor he was previously using, this one was quite a bit heavier, and a much better quality. Which after feeling both razors in my hand? A definite difference. After using it for a bit, he is very impressed with the quality of it, the swivel capabilities and the nice close shave it gives.

Everyone remember, the holidays are quickly approaching. And what better gift than something practical like this that would make their day. Be sure to check out Legacy Shave and browse their shop, purchase for the holidays and enjoy the look on your guy's face when they see this.



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Patterns of Evidence DVD Review and #Giveaway

Hey everyone! It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the beginning of September. Fall is coming, cooler weather and nights spent in front of the tv bundled up. And today I want to introduce a documentary film, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus, that I think you all will enjoy, though the younger ones might not as much.



This is a little bit of an older film but it is still well worth viewing in my opinion. If you enjoy documentaries, historical films, or watching things that support biblical evidence, this is definitely a must see. The quality is excellent and as to the music? I found it lent quite a good bonus to the dvd. This is a film that brings up the subject of the Biblical exodus as found in, you guessed it, Exodus. Did it really happen and better yet, is there the evidence to support that position? As a Bible believer myself, I already know how I believed, but seeing the evidence was amazing and just helped to support my position.





For those who would enjoy seeing this film, I am happy to tell you there is a giveaway for one reader to win their own copy of this DVD. As always, USA only and winner will be chosen via Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends 9/8.



“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Traveling? Try the New SitORSquat App from Charmin + #Giveaway! #SitORSquat

Well, this week is off to a good start, weather is rainy today but not too bad. With Labor Day weekend coming up, people are going to be hitting the roads for a bit of a vacation, or even a short trip visiting friends and relatives. I will be staying close here, getting together with friends and having a good meal. But, for those of you traveling, I wanted to tell you about this fun and very informative app from Charmin. Believe me, if you are on the road at all, you will want to install it.


Now, are you ready for the name of it? This is what makes the app fun and appealing to me, it is called, SitORSquat. I literally cracked up when I first saw it. But, in all reality this is an app that I have downloaded and installed, and it will definitely come in handy when I travel, which I do quite frequently. The whole idea behind the  is that is will find a restroom when you need it. It will search anywhere near you, or you can plan for an upcoming trip and see where you want to pull off.



And get this, you can rate and review the bathrooms! Say you stop at one that isn't quite up to par, toilet paper spread everywhere, tinkle on the seats, or just overall not tidy. You can leave a rating and then a detailed review on what was wrong at that stop. But if you end up finding the most sparkling, tidy bathroom ever? Then be sure to leave a review for those as well so other families can find the good ones when they are traveling.



Now, Charmin is being amazing and allowing me to host a giveaway where one of my readers will win two packs of Charmin Essentials. And we all know that everyone needs toilet tissue, so this is a great giveaway. As always, winner will be chosen through Random.org, and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA only. Giveaway will end 9/14 and fulfillment is handled by Charmin.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Ease of the Weave

This is a sponsored post. All thoughts are 100% mine. 

Well, I am totally loving the cooler weather here. Nice and breezy, windows open and the air off. I recently colored my hair, for the first time ever. Yes, this was definitely something new for me. But since doing it, I am loving the shade, and the other thing I didn't realize it would do, it makes it so much easier to take care of! I can handle it much better now, not as much frizz and the style is wonderful to just pull up.


Now, for those who want to do something different with their hair, without the whole drastic change of color or cut, you might want to take a look at hair extensions, weaves, or even a wig. Personally I had looked into an extension or weave for myself before actually taking the plunge of coloring the whole thing. With a wavy weave, you can add it, but it doesn't really change your own hair. There are different options to go with as far as glued or sewn in, so be sure to do your research first on what you really are looking for. And of course, check out whether you are desiring an extension or a weave.



Divatress is a brand I would urge you to look at if you are wanting a good quality weave. This is a leading company that deals with all things hair. You can choose from over thousands of wigs and beauty products. Plus you can ask questions and just browse if you aren't positive on what you are wanting.

Do any of you have a weave in your hair? Do you like it and how much did it change your hair? Leave a comment and let me know so my readers can see how well a weave works.




**DISCLOSURE: All thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Great Meals with Fresh Meat from ButcherBox! #Review




Today I have a company I cannot wait to tell you about. I was excited to receive this box and when it arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised by everything inside, as well as how it all actually tasted. ButcherBox is a monthly delivery service that specializes in grass-fed beef. This box is amazing!





I tried out several recipes with the meat, ranging from advanced to minimal preparation. I am actually going to be making two posts out of this because of doing all the recipes and pictures. And I have to admit, the general consensus is that this meat is so fresh tasting the difference is amazing, much more so than even our local butcher shop. In my box, I received bacon, pork chops, ground beef, steaks, chicken breast, a freezer bag and several recipe cards.



For the bacon, it was a pretty basic meal. We cooked it up for our breakfast, along with biscuits and eggs. I am going to say though, and I mean it with all this meat, it tasted so fresh!


I cannot stress the difference in the taste and the texture. I wanted to see what the rest of the family would say, without mentioning what I had used to cook, and they all said it tasted fresher.




Now for my chicken, I wanted to make a bit of a fancier meal, and let me tell you, I had so many requests for this recipe, that I had to send it to many of my friends. This is kind of my personal take on a recipe I saw somewhere else, but couldn't find the other one and just made up my own meal. I used the one chicken breast, received three total, and yes it was large enough to feed our 5 plus have leftovers.

Colorful Chicken Alfredo



1 large chicken breast
16 oz bow tie pasta
minced garlic
dash of olive oil
Two full handfuls of raw baby spinach
Small container of cherry tomatoes
16 oz jar of alfredo sauce




Dice the chicken and saute on the stove with minced garlic, a dash of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. While the chicken was cooking, I diced up my tomatoes and set them to the side for later.



Boil one lb of bow tie pasta as normal, I add a dash of olive oil in the water, drain and put back into the pot. You want a pot big enough to put all the food in together, but it still needs to heat more at this point so don't put it in a serving dish yet. In the pot mix the pasta, cooked chicken, cherry tomatoes, two large handfuls of raw baby spinach and the alfredo sauce. I was going to make it homemade, but did not have time that evening. Let it simmer and allow the spinach to wilt, then put in a nice serving dish and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.



Oh this meal turned out amazing! It was nice and soothing, with so much flavor and color. And you could take this recipe and play around with it, adding different vegetables or flavors, depending on what sauce you used. It literally was one of the best meals I have made this year, and the family loved it.

I will be doing another post shortly with some more recipes on how I used the other meat. We still haven't used it all, but definitely looking forward to trying the rest out. Also, if you are wanting to get some super fresh, grass-fed beef, delivered directly to your door, ButcherBox is the one to look at. Be sure to check them out on their social media sites as well.






**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Have Smelly Diapers? Get Rewards!!

Okay, did I pique your curiosity with that title? I know it really made me laugh when I was offered to tell my readers about this fun new way to earn rewards. And by rewards, I mean some really awesome prizes!



Pampers has a new app, and after you download it, you earn points for purchasing Pampers items. I have put the details below, but wanted to make sure you all knew about this. Just for downloading the app and opening an account or signing in, you get 100 points! Now this is a new updated app, so even if you already had the old app, you need to get the new version. And your points will automatically transfer over.



The rewards catalog has a ton of items, from coupons to get a certain dollar amount off of your next purchase, to toys for the babies, or photo gifts. I browsed and saw several things that I would love. These are not just cheap toys or anything, they are good quality products. So again, you can't go wrong with downloading the new Pampers app and earning points.



Pampers launched a new version of their popular app designed to make life simple for parents and babies: Pampers Rewards. It’s free, easy to use and parents will earn points every time they purchase any Pampers product including diapers, training pants and wipes.

The Pampers Rewards app is available in the Google Play and Apple App Stores to download onto your Android or iPhone, respectively.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:
1. Download the new Pampers Rewards app and register (or log in with your existing Pampers.com username and password)
2. Look for the code inside every pack of Pampers diapers, pants and wipes
3. Scan or manually enter the code and start collecting points to redeem for amazing rewards!

Existing and new members will get 100 bonus points just for downloading the new Pampers Rewards app and registering or signing in. Plus they’ll get 50 bonus points when they scan their first product code. Pampers Rewards points can be redeemed for a range of fun and educational gifts for your child or the entire family, as well as coupons for Pampers diapers. You will find the full range of options in the Pampers Rewards Catalog, which is updated regularly on the app.

“Pampers understands that parents have a lot going on – and we’re always looking for ways to make their lives a little easier,” said Andrea Zahumensky North America Baby Care, P&G. “That’s why we’re offering parents a new, simplified Pampers Rewards program. It’s a way for them to get more out of every shopping trip—truly the perfect hack for any parent with little ones in diapers!”

Parents who used the previous Pampers Rewards App will see their points balance transferred automatically to the new Pampers Rewards app. To access those points, parents can download the new app on their smartphone and log in using their Pampers.com credentials.

To download the app visit: https://app.adjust.com/29y9j7

About Pampers®
For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Pampers is a part of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) and is the #1-selling diaper worldwide. Every day, more than 25 million babies in 100 countries around the world wear Pampers. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage of baby’s development. Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join the Pampers Rewards program, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free prize in exchange for a post about the new Pampers App. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

First Time Car Purchase Research

This is a sponsored post. All thoughts are 100% mine. 

Whew, this summer is really flying by here, so much to do and feels like the year has just slipped away. Seems like we start the year with all these plans and a list of what we want to accomplish, and sometimes we get a lot of them marked off, while other things are just harder to grasp. Personally for me, I was able to mark several things off my list these past few months, lots of change going on and one of the things that is on my list, is to buy a car.



Now this is my first time actually purchasing my own vehicle. So while I am saving up money for it, I am using that time to do a lot of research and reviews, figuring out exactly what style and size vehicle I am going to be looking for. And that is why I was glad to find cars.com. Searching for a new car can be a very daunting task, no matter if it is your first time or your fifth. But cars.com makes it easy to look for a specific make and model, or to browse different models within a certain mile range of your zip code. Forget having to go to a dealership anymore, you can do this from the comfort of your own home, and then follow up if you like what you find.



For me personally, I really liked the videos and reviews pages. This gives me the ability to go in and see what others are saying about a certain model, and my personal favorite, a whole page of videos for first time buyers! I love this! The tips range from anything like the best car for a new buyer, things I wish I had known, and how much I should put out on my first car. Very helpful for this woman looking at buying her first vehicle.

If you are on the lookout for a new car, or there is a possibility you will be in the near future, please be sure to check out cars.com. Lots of great information as well as an easy way to search for a vehicle. I know I love it!





**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, August 18, 2017

Applebee's Topped and Loaded Promotion! #Review

Hello all! Hopefully your summer has been amazing, and you are getting ready for fall to get here. Hard to believe we are already heading towards September already. This time of year is just so busy, with people running in all different directions, that now and then it is nice to take the family out to eat and not have to cook in the hot kitchen. And that is where Applebee's steps in to assist with that.



I was sent a gift card to try out the new topped and loaded promotion they have going on this summer, and I was excited to get in and check it out! Now the fun of this idea, is that there are different options to choose from, and you can swap toppings around to get lots of flavors. You pick your base meat, then your topping, but you also get to pick two sides!



For my review, I tried the grilled chicken breast, topped with the cajun shrimp, and the garlic green beans and mashed potatoes. I have to tell you, the flavor was astounding! It came out from the back steaming hot, and the scent of garlic and onions made me want to grab a fork and dig in.



The mix of the shrimp and the onions were great. I seriously could have eaten that by itself, but then to have the seasoned chicken breast underneath? It just made an excellent meal. And that doesn't even touch the sides, since I am a fan of those as well. Nothing like their garlic mashed potatoes or the garlic green beans with bacon. It was quite a meal and very filling. I loved it all.


I would urge you to get into your local Applebee's and try out the Topped and Loaded deal before it is over. The prices can't be beat for what you get, and this is perfect for the family to enjoy a very good meal where you don't have to cook.



Also check out the Applebee's social media as they post about their upcoming deals and promotions, among other things.





**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**
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