THOUGHTFULLY’S “CHOOSE YOUR FAVE” GIVEAWAY

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I received an email a few weeks ago from a company called Thoughtfully. They offered to allow me to review one of their gift boxes and being the curious person that I am, I agreed.  I had no idea what to expect since I had never heard of their site before, but wow! was I pleasantly surprised!

I was told to pick my 3 favorites and they would randomly send me one of them.  I was so excited to see which one I would get I could hardly wait for it to get here, and I was not disappointed.   They chose the Apple Pie Story box for my gift and I couldn’t be happier.  It not only included the apple spice and pie crust mixes, it also came with 2 ceramic mini pie dishes, a red striped pot holder and the cutest set of measuring spoons I think I’ve ever seen.  (They are shaped like mini mason jars and are absolutely adorable!)

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This set ended up being a perfect choice for me since I love to bake and apple pie is one of my favorites, but it was really hard to choose.  They truly have something for everyone.  There are several different sweets options, a few based on cocktails (for that relative you hardly ever see but always has a drink in their hand when you do) and also choices for hot sauce lovers, popcorn nuts or even bakers of beer bread.

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Each set is unique and the items are all hand wrapped and displayed beautifully.  It’s a real treat to open up all the individual pieces in the set and discover all the goodies inside.  These would make awesome gifts for just about anybody on your list and are sure to put a smile on their face.  Right now they are also offering $5 off & free shipping on your first order when you sign up with your email.  Woohoo!  Better than that…they are also allowing me to gift a box to one of my fans.  You can choose from any of the choices below if you are lucky enough to be the winner:

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Sweet As Pie: includes a ceramic pie dish, a gold pie server, a tea towel and a set of 20 blank recipe cards. Also included is our delicious pie crust mix and secret spice mix to add that perfect last touch.

Bloody Mary Bar:  includes bloody mary mix, gourmet hot sauces, highball glasses, a recipe book and more!

Cold Brew Set:  has everything you need, including high quality Colombian coffee, coffee filters and a scoop. There’s even a mason jar to keep it chilled.

Beer Bread Set:  includes everything you need, from a loaf pan to our original recipe beer bread mix, which comes in a beer bottle.
A “Born to Bake” apron and wrench-shaped bottle opener tops it off.

Chip Chip Hooray:  comes with a cast iron skillet, chocolate chip cookie mix, and a whisk. Do it up with vanilla frosting and rainbow sprinkles.

Tequila Cantina:   features a wooden tequila tray with cutting board and knife (for the limes!), four shot glasses and three kinds of salt–Himalayan, chilispiked and a sweetened variety. Salt plates included.

Moscow Mule: features two copper mugs, glass shaker, gourmet ginger beer, moscow mule mix, coasters and a matryoshka jigger. Top your drink off with candied ginger.

Popcorn Lovers Set:  everything you need for a snack-filled movienight, from popcorn kernels and striped bags to three delicious seasonings–bacon-cheddar, garlic and ranch.

Dynamite Feugo:  the perfect way to sample some of the best hot sauces around, including whiskey habanero, ghost pepper, and even chocolate chipotle.

Apple Pie Story:   has 2 mini pie dishes, measuring spoons, & oven mitt. We also added our favorite crust & spice mixes.

Cirque Du Sweets:  including three cast iron skillets and decorating bag, plus mixes for brownies, frosting, sugar cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. Sprinkles, milk bottles and straws too!

If you are lucky enough to win it will definitely be hard to choose and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg.  There are SO many more gift boxes on their site to choose from that you should be able to find something for anybody on your list, no matter how hard they are to buy for!

For a chance to win one of these awesome gift boxes simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  (Don’t worry, I’ve made it super simple) I will close the contest on Wednesday,  November 23rd at Midnight central time.  The winner will be announced on the Rafflecopter widget and will also be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.  If not claimed in 48 hours, I will select a new winner from the existing entries.  Only one email entry per person.  Anybody entering using more than one email, will automatically be disqualified.  Blog comments will go through mediation before they are posted, but don’t worry, you will get your entries immediately and I will post them when I check my emails.  #sponsored

GOOD LUCK!!  And don’t forget to show this awesome company some love for such a great giveaway!  PLEASE share with your friends and spread the love!

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FRAZONI DIGITAL COOKING THERMOMETER REVIEW

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I cook almost every night and even with all of that experience I still worry about things like food poisoning and e-coli.   It was drilled into my head growing up that if you don’t cook your meats long enough, especially poultry & pork,  you can become deathly ill.   Unfortunately my mother took that to the extreme and cooked everything until it resembled shoe leather.  I was convinced that I didn’t even like most meats when I was little and didn’t learn until I was adult working in a steakhouse that it was because they were cooked to death.  I am SO thankful that the cook at that steakhouse  explained to me that all meat does not have to be charbroiled to be healthy and risk free.   I still remember my first bite of a piece of prime rib that was still red….I was sort of worried because it was red but tried it anyway…and OMG!!  It was so juicy and had more flavor than anything I had ever eaten!   Right away I became a meat lover to the extreme!  BUT….I also learned that with poultry and pork products you better be worried!   You can cause some truly horrible problems if you don’t get them right.  They both have to be cooked thoroughly for them to be safe to eat, so again, I found myself overcooking both.   Frazoni to the rescue!!

meatthermometer9 This meat thermometer is perfect for me.  It has a nice, slim design and a large screen so it’s easy to read.   It’s super simple to use and I love that the cord on the temperature prong is long enough to reach from the oven to the counter top.   You can set the controls for the temperature you’d like your food to be, insert the probe into the meat, place it in the oven and not worry at all anymore.  It will beep when the meat reaches the desired temperature to let you know it is done and all you have to do is take it out.  (You can choose if you want to use Celsius or Fahrenheit on the back of the unit)

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I, of course, had to go get a turkey so I can see how well this really works.   (Plus it sounded SO nice to have a mini Thanksgiving in April LOL)  I looked up the proper temp for turkey and discovered that 160 degrees is considered safe.   I set the timer to alert me when it reached 150 degrees because I had the turkey covered with foil and wanted to allow time to brown too.   Once the turkey reached 150 degrees I removed the foil and by the time it reached 160 my turkey was a nice golden brown.   (It wasn’t as brown as I normally go though.  I am usually so worried about under cooking that I leave it in too long).  I was a little worried that it wasn’t going to be cooked all the way through but decided to trust the thermometer.  I am so glad I did….This was by far the best turkey I have ever made!  It was very tender and so juicy!!  Even my husband, who usually only eats dark meat because he says the white meat is too dry, loved it!  I will never go back to “eye balling it” again.

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I also tried it out while cooking chicken on the stove top and it worked just as well.   You end up with such juicy chicken and it’s so nice to know that it is safe from salmonella or e-coli or the many other things that can make you ill.  My husband has always liked my cooking but this has made it much better.  I am no longer over cooking meats and losing the juices, and most of the flavor, that you lose when you over cook.   It is also perfect for steaks because you can cook them from rare to well and know that they will be exactly what was requested.

I did have one issue with this thermometer though.   I could not find an on/off switch on it anywhere.  When it started beeping to alert me that my turkey was done, I could not figure out how to turn it off or how to stop the beeping.  I had to take off the battery cover and remove the battery to get it to quit.  My husband also looked and neither of us could find a way to turn it off.   Luckily there is an extra spot in the battery compartment to leave the battery when you are not using it but an on/off switch is something they definitely need to add.   Other than that though, I am very pleased with my results and would definitely recommend this thermometer.  Considering this can ease a lot of food safety concerns I think every household should have one. Food poisoning is a big deal and this will help eliminate it and many other illnesses and you can’t really put a price on that!

 

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from  Giveaway Service  website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

FRAZONI SILICONE BAKING MAT REVIEW

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I don’t know about you but I feel like I have to replace my bake ware way more often than you should have to.   In no time at all it will look like it’s a million years old.  The oils you’ve used will cause horrible discolorations and make them look old way before their time.   It builds up even with regular washing and just makes me want to throw the pans away and start all over again.   Silicone bake ware is the perfect solution to this problem and this baking mat is a great item to start with.  There are SO many benefits to using these.  First off, you don’t need any oils at all.   Nothing will stick to this mat so there is no need.  Secondly, clean up is a breeze.   It washes easily with a little soap & water and I’ve even thrown it in the dishwasher with no issues.  It fits a normal baking sheet perfectly and I love the rounded edges for getting it out of the pan easily when finished.  You can even roll it up to store it in a drawer and it goes right back into shape and lays perfectly flat.   Plus it’s virtually indestructible.  Other than accidentally cutting it somehow I don’t see how you could damage it.

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We decided to make cookies the first time we used this.  The cookie dough we were using wasn’t very thick and couldn’t be rolled and cut out with cookie cutters so we had to form them directly on the baking sheet.   I was a little worried that they would stick because the dough was sort of soft and trying to use the different colors required us to really push them down into the mat.  I really shouldn’t have worried though….they came out perfectly baked and slid right off the mat.

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I have since used this mat for a few other things and so far it has worked great.   I love being able to cook without added oils and it’s an easy way to cook healthier.   The only issue I have noticed is that is does get slightly discolored when cooking darker colored foods.   Nothing very noticeable but there were some slight outlines where the darker cookies had been and it didn’t come off when washed.  It is so faint that it wouldn’t even show up in a picture though so not a big deal.   I just wanted to mention it since I always try to point out the good and the bad of every product I review.   I am happy to add this baking mat to my growing collection of silicone bake ware and I know I will get tons of use from it.

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If you would like to start your own collection of silicone bake ware this is a great piece to start with.    It will make your baking sheet last much longer and can also be used without one if you adjust the cooking times.  For a little less than $10 you can get an item that will last forever and help you bake a little healthier too.  What a deal!

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above in exchange for review from Giveaway Service website. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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KITCHEN HERO SILICONE GLOVES REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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I had tried a few different silicone baking items such as cupcake liners & baking pans and quickly became a huge fan so I wanted to branch out a little and try silicone baking gloves too.   I just love the whole concept of silicone baking products.  They are reusable so they are better for the environment and they clean easily and last forever.  I first tried a pair in store and wasn’t really a fan.  They were way too big for my hands and felt really awkward when I put them on.  That pair was also pretty thick (and heavy) and didn’t bend well so I was leery of getting them. It didn’t seem like I would have the control I needed to be able to take hot items out of the oven so I put them back on the shelf.

Then I was offered a chance to review these awesome baking gloves from Kitchen Hero.  The difference is astounding!  The Kitchen Hero gloves are smaller so they fit my hands much better.  They are also lighter and much more flexible.  I felt in control with these and was not at all worried about using them.  They are flexible enough that I can get a good grip on things and am no longer afraid of dropping hot food in the floor.  After trying them while baking I became curious as to what else I could use them for.  I have already come up with several other uses and I am sure I will discover many more as time goes on.

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So far I have learned that they are great for keeping your hands safe when chopping vegetables.  I put the glove on the hand I am holding them with and it makes me less likely to accidentally cut myself.  My hands tend to shake a lot due to neurological issues so this is a big plus for me.  They also come in handy for replacing light bulbs.  You don’t even have to wait for them to cool down first! You can get a great grip on them and take them out easily with no worries of burning your hands on a hot bulb.  Another use I found totally by accident.  I had one of the gloves on my hand while I was walking around looking for things to use them on and my kitty spotted it.   He sure was interested!  He spent a few minutes smelling it and then began to swipe at it.  He had all four paws wrapped around my hand at one point and was kicking & clawing like crazy ….I didn’t feel a thing!  Not only did I not feel anything, his claws did absolutely no damage to the gloves either.  I could see a few tiny scratch marks but that was it.  Now anytime he sees me with the gloves on I have to stop and play for a bit.  I don’t even mind since it doesn’t hurt at all and he really enjoys it.

I’m sure I will discover many more uses for these gloves but even if I don’t,  I am very pleased with them already.

And now the giveaway part 🙂

Enter to win a pair of silicone baking gloves from Bella’s Blog & Kitchen Hero.  Good luck!

The sponsors at Kitchen Hero were also kind enough to let me offer a set of these kitchen gloves to one of my lucky readers.  You can enter using the Rafflecopter below and I wish you luck.

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BRIEFTONS SPIRAL SLICER REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

1a    I try to eat healthy and get the recommended fruits & veggies into my meals and I’m always looking for new suggestions on ways to do that.   I saw this Spiral Slicer from Brieftons and thought it might be a way to add some fun to dinner.   It’s funny how you can change the perception of a vegetable just by slicing it differently but it really works, especially for kids.  I’m a huge fan of anything that can make them more interesting and this spiral slicer is great!  Our son was eating his spiraled  carrots by holding them up and lowering the spirals into his mouth,  maybe not the best table manners but still…..he ate them all and had fun doing it!  Sounds like a win win situation  to me!

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It has 2 sizes to choose from when slicing.  I love the larger one myself.   It is a great size for turning vegetables into perfect spirals.  The smaller one seemed to shred the veggies really well but they never got long enough to be considered a spiral.   That size would be perfect for making items like hash browns though.  I also like  that the cap has prongs to put into the veggies so it grabs on while you are cutting and keeps your hands off the food.  This is also great to keep your fingers away from the cutting blades.  (I do recommend that you don’t peel the part that you are placing the cap onto though because I found that it got a much better grip when I left some peel there for it to hold onto.)  I like the small size of this slicer too.   It’s only about 5 inches high so it stores easily in a drawer without taking up much space, and it’s perfect for little hands to use too.  Our son gave it a try and he thought it was a lot of fun and super easy.  Now we are just trying to think of new things to use it for.

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It took a few times to really get the feel of the slicer but it worked great and after a couple of minutes I was spiraling like a pro. (In the pic above I did the potatoes with the larger slicing end and the carrots with the smaller one.)  Now I just need to kick my imagination into gear so I can think of new things to try it on.   From veggie spaghetti, easy stir fry, to fancy garnishes for the sushi plate, this spiral cutter makes it all child’s play.

AND NOW THE GIVEAWAY PART 😀

The sponsors at Briefton were also kind enough to let me hold a giveaway for one of their Spiral Slicers so now you can have a chance to win one of your own.   You can enter using the Rafflecopter below & good luck!

Only one entry per person.   Please do not try to use different emails to enter as it’s not fair to others and I won’t accept the extras anyway.  You must be 16 or older and live in the U.S. to be eligible.  You must also be a fan of Bella’s Blog on Facebook.  All other entries are optional.  Winner will be announced on this post at the end of the giveaway and on Facebook.  I will also email the winner so there will be plenty of ways to see who won.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or I will choose another winner from the same entries. That winner would also have 48 hours to respond.  Bella’s Blog nor Facebook is responsible for prize delivery. Brieftons will send the prize as stated earlier. (Please keep in mind that although I usually get prizes to winners in a week or so, this is coming from the sponsor so it will take a little longer)

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OZERI CERAMIC GREEN EARTH PAN REVIEW

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I did a review for the Ozeri Digital Bathroom scale a few weeks ago and was later approached by them to review another item of my choice.   I quickly chose the Ozeri Ceramic Green Earth Pan because I have not been very happy in the past with non-stick pans and this one seemed really different.  They sent me the  frying pan to try and I have to say that it has quickly become my favorite!  I love that it is made from ceramic and that it doesn’t give off any harmful chemicals while cooking. ( Surprisingly a lot of non stick surfaces do just that,  especially after they start to chip or wear off.)  It is the perfect size for cooking many different items and  I really like how deep it is because you get much less splattering while frying.  You hardly need cooking oil with this pan anyway.  I barely used any while frying chicken and it turned out perfectly.

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I decided first to see how the pan performed under not so great circumstances.  The messiest thing I could think of was an egg, so I started off by frying the egg.   After it had fried for a few minutes I decided to make it a little messier and “scramble” it.   It still wasn’t sticking to the pan so I wondered what would happen if I “accidently” burned the egg…..ugh!  That may not have been the best idea!  I guess I had never burned an egg before but let me tell you, it smelled awful!  And lingered for a long time too…..but anyway, the pan performed wonderfully!  Even after all of that, the egg just slid right out of the pan.   There was so little stuck to the bottom that a simple rinse washed it right off.  The smell ….well that’s a different story!

paneggsA day or so later we wanted rice with dinner so I pulled out the Ozeri skillet again to see how well it did when I added liquid to it.    I browned the rice first and noticed that it was browning much more evenly than the results I usually get.   After I browned the rice, I added the water and the sides were deep enough to have no worries about it splashing out while cooking or stirring.  I ended up with delicious, perfectly cooked rice and again, the mess came off with a simple rinse.  (I’m also happy to note that this pan is perfectly dishwasher safe.  I have already run it through the dishwasher at least 4 times and it comes out looking brand new.)

panriceI have used this pan every night for the last week and I just love it!  It cooks very evenly  and really holds up no matter what kind of mess you put it through!  Seems to me it cooked faster than other skillets also, with no scorching.   Another nice touch is the pan protector they send with your skillet.  This is perfect for when you are stacking your skillets to keep them from rubbing against each other and potentially damaging the ceramic.   It’s little touches like that that really make Ozeri stand out.  Their high quality craftsmanship is another.  These pans are beautifully made and built to last.  The handles are secured firmly with rivets and do not seem like they would ever become wobbly or loose and I’ve heard that the ceramic is much better than teflon for staying on the pan and not coming off.  Just don’t ever use metal in it and it should last for years.  Another great feature is they are oven safe to temps up to 480 degrees so they are very versatile.   I highly recommend you give them a shot next time you shop for new pans.

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I recieved this product for free for the purposes of doing a review, however, all opinions are my own and were not influenced by the fact that it was free.   I will only recommend products to my users that I personally use and would recommend to others.

SUNSELLA SILICONE POPSICLE MOLDS REVIEW


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There’s not a much better treat than an ice cold popsicle on a hot Summer day!   I don’t care how old you are, you really never outgrow a love for popsicles.   The only drawback is all the added sugars and artificial flavors that are usually in them.   These Pop Molds from Sunsella are a perfect solution.   You can fill them with 100% juice and end up with a tasty, nutritional treat for you and your kids.  (Or you can find Jelly Belly flavored syrup like I did.  I happened to see it at Target on the clearance shelf as I was shopping the other day and had to get it since Jelly Belly’s are an obsession for my husband)  Either way, healthy or not so healthy, you will end up with a delicious treat!

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Simply fill the silicone molds to about an inch from the top and snap on the cap.   They do have a separate holder you can buy for them that will hold them while filling and freezing,  but I found it unnecessary since they do not leak at all.  I simply put them cap down in the door of our freezer and there were no issues.  I still filled them up to an inch from the top, but after flipping them upside down they seemed to only fill about half.   They did expand while freezing though and we were left with perfect popsicles.

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These are dishwasher safe so cleanup is a breeze and they should last forever since it’s pretty hard to mess up silicone.  Now we can have delicious popsicles whenever we’d like and (most of the time) we can make them much healthier than what’s available in the stores.  The 100%  juice pops that are available tend to be pretty expensive so this is a great way to lower cost and still get a healthier popsicle.  They are also for perfect for carrying  nuts, raisins, trail mix or other small snacks for your child’s lunchbox.   The snacks stay fresh in the airtight pop molds and they are super easy to clean and reuse again, eliminating the cost of baggies.

 

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
LIFETIME GUARANTEE – We are so confident you will love our Mighty Pops that we offer a 100% money-back, no questions asked, lifetime guarantee!

FREE ’50 ICE POP RECIPES’ EBOOK (digital download) – Mighty Pops silicone popsicle molds are premium quality, highly durable, super easy to clean & dishwasher safe. Our free ebook contains 50 delicious and healthy recipes specifically created by a chef for Sunsella Mighty Pops. Each recipe even outlines all of the health benefits of the ingredients!

HIGH GRADE, BPA FREE SILICONE (PASSES TWIST TEST) – We guarantee our popsicle molds will pass the “twist test” every time. Mighty Pops are made from the highest grade BPA free silicone which meets all FDA recommendations, making them completely safe for you and your family. They are environmentally friendly, non-toxic and conform to international food grade standards.

COMPACT & VERSATILE – Unlike other popsicle makers these can easily fit into small spaces in your freezer. Providing they are not over-filled you can lie them on their side or even stand them on their lids with no leaks. Certain ingredients will expand more than others so please be careful not to overfill the molds.

QUICK-FREEZE DESIGN – Each mold is 8 inches long and holds 3.4 fl oz (1/2 cup) for a perfectly sized treat. The long cylindrical shape allows for optimum freezing time. Want to save the rest for later? Just place the lid firmly back on the mold and place it back in the freezer!

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STYLO-PHORA LARGE DELUXE SLOW MELTING ICE MOLD REVIEW

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I was pretty excited to get these to review since I love my drinks very cold but not watered down.   To me there’s nothing worse than a watered down drink,  whether it be a soda or an alcoholic drink,  I want it as cold as possible but can’t drink it once it becomes watery.    These Japanese slow melting ice balls are the perfect solution.   Even in an alcoholic drink they did not melt down quickly and water down my drink.   One ice ball actually lasted through 2 drinks and was still the same size when I had finished both.  ( Keep in mind that I am not much of a drinker and did not drink these fast.)  They would be great for parties too since they look really nice and added a little “touch of class” to an ordinary looking drink.

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I also wondered about using these in my cats water bowl.    Since it’s so hot here in Arkansas and our kitties are outside a lot,  I thought it would be nice to put one in their bowl so they could also enjoy some really cold water when they came in from playing.   I have to say they were a huge hit with the kitties!   Kelso  (the gray kitty) was more interested in just batting it around the bowl,  (I guess he liked the noise it made when it clinked on the side)  but Willie  (the black kitty) would not quit licking it.   He literally sat there for a good 3 or 4 minutes licking that ice ball.   They enjoyed it so much that I’ve been making an effort to remember to give them one every day.

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Of course this all got me wondering about another ice issue I have.  I am ALWAYS dropping ice cubes on the floor.   I rarely make it without dropping at least one and usually the cats go crazy when I do and they start batting it around.   This got me thinking about how fun it would be to let them bat one around that would actually roll.  So naturally I “accidentally”  dropped one of these ice balls on the floor to see what happened.   HAHAHA!  They loved it!   They batted that thing around the room for a good 5 minutes before I picked it back up  and they had a blast doing it.  (I seriously wish I would have video taped it but I didn’t think to until it was over).   I don’t think I would do this very often but since I needed to mop anyway I figured why not!

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I am a huge fan of these and recommend them for both you and any pets you may have.

Product Description
The product is designed for making large perfectly round ice balls to make great looking drinks for parties and also is great for whiskey drinkers.

~The silicone molds come in a pack of 3 and include a silicone funnel in the pack.

~These ice ball molds come in a great clear tube packaging, with easy to follow instructions.

~The funnel can be used to fill the molds without mess or spilling your choice of liquid, it is also very useful for other applications in the kitchen.

~The molds also have fill lines printed on them so that they can be easily filled with the correct amount of liquid.

~Dogs (and cats) also love to play with these ice balls in their water bowl.
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GRAZIA SILICONE 24 CUP MINI MUFFIN PAN REVIEW

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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I love to bake and have been wanting to try  all of the new silicone bake ware available so I was very excited to get this Grazia 24 cup mini muffin pan to review.   I am so tired of my metal bake ware looking old and rusty….I swear they don’t last 6 months before you want to replace them!  Not with this!  These pans are virtually indestructible!  They are also safe to use in the oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher.   Well worth the investment because I’m sure they will last forever.  I can’t even imagine how you could damage it.

ccI decided to make mini muffins and per the instructions I put the silicone pan on a cookie sheet (It is a little too flimsy to use on its own…which is really the only drawback I noticed)  and then lightly sprayed it with cooking oil spray.  I put enough muffin batter in each one to fill a little more than halfway and popped them in the oven at 425 degrees.

It  was also suggested by a reader that these would be perfect to make jello shots in….I do plan to try that in the future  🙂

cc2As you can see this pan baked very evenly.   All the muffins came out the perfect golden brown color that we love and I was surprised that the baking times were still accurate.  I had thought that by using the cookie sheet underneath it would take longer to bake but it didn’t.   The best part is when they were finished cooling all I had to do was flip the pan upside down and the muffins popped right out!  Not a single one stuck to the pan at all…and that’s without needing any baking cups!

cc1I am very happy with the results and intend to replace all of my metal bake ware with silicone.   (Except I better keep a cookie sheet lol).  It will be so nice not to have to worry about them rusting and needing to be replaced every couple of years.

Product Description

Grazia® Silicone 24 Cup MINI Muffin Pan is a non-stick food grade silicone muffin cupcake baking pan that is extremely easy to clean, safe to use in the oven, microwave, dishwasher, or freezer. It is heat resistant for up to 450°F.

–FDA Approved
–High Quality Construction
–Manufactured in Socially Compliant Facility

 

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KITCHEN GURUS GLASS TOP DIGITAL FOOD SCALE REVIEW

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I love to cook and have been learning more and more how to cook from scratch so I wanted to get a scale for measuring my ingredients.   This glass topped digital food scale from Kitchen Gurus was a perfect choice.   It looks very modern and I love the size of the display.  It is also very simple to use and extremely accurate.  I tested the accuracy by using a nickle.  A nickle will always weigh 5 grams.  I also tested it again by using bills  (each American bill will weigh exactly 1 gram) and on both tests it was right on the money!  Now I know exactly how many peanuts are in a 1/2 ounce.

SCALE2It’s this many if you were wondering 😉

 

You can choose between ounces or grams and can change from one to the other with just a simple push of the  “units”  button.   After choosing which one you need,  you can either weigh directly on top of the scale (if it’s a dry ingredient like nuts or whole berries or something like that) or you can weigh something in a bowl by first setting the empty bowl on top of the scale and then pressing the “zero” button to reset it to zero.   Then when you fill the bowl with the items you are weighing it will show you the weight of them without having to account for the weight of the bowl.

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As you can see I have the scale zero’d out in the first pic with the bowl on top.  Now I can just add what I am weighing and know the exact amount I need.  This is super handy and so much better than “eyeballing it.”   Whether you are cooking from scratch or following a restrictive diet where you need to measure your portion sizes, this is the perfect scale for you!

 

Product Description:
Easy to read 2.4″ high contrast LCD display.

Accurate
4 high precision sensors provide reliable, accurate measurements every time.
Weight loss and Diabetes Management
Let their scale assist you in tracking your special diet requirements such as calories, carbs, sugars or fat. Measure portion sizes to know what you’re really eating.

Bake By Weight
Cook like a pro, and measure ingredients perfectly every time when baking. Make your own nutrition-packed breads and foods

Hassle Free
They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee and stand by their product with a 5 year warranty.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using  Tomoson.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.