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August 26, 2012

Dazzles & Doodles Designs {Review & Giveaway}

If you have been hanging around my blog for any length of time, you have seen me mention my friend Lorin from Dazzles & Doodles Designs. She has designed most everything you see on my blog, from my header picture, to my name signature! She has also created some of the giveaway buttons I have used in the past :)

In addition to having her make things for my blog, I have her make me Facebook Cover Pages for my personal page as well. Her work is always super fantastic and she strives to make sure that you are happy with the final result.

In celebration of getting SUPER close to her 1500 fans, she is offering a sale for any of her "premade" cover pictures for just $1 (ONE DOLLAR!!!) For these, you pick the design you want, then provide her with the pictures, and she gets it made up for you! She does have additional options that are going to be available as well. Check out her Facebook page for more info. She has also launched a new webpage as well.

Check out the awesome work she has done for me in the past!

In celebration of all the wonderful things she has made for me, I am going to be giving away 2 CUSTOM Facebook cover pictures :) As in you pick what you want! Customize something she has already made or work with her to create the cover you have always dreamed of. If perchance you want her to make you something other than a facebook cover, let me know at the time of your winning, and we can see what sort of "store" credit we can work out for you!

Get your entries in below! Stop by and let her know Angie from ST sent you :)

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August 13, 2012

Man Pleasing Chicken {{Secret Recipe Club}}

Happy Monday Folks! :)
It's time for another fun installment of the Secret Recipe Club!
This month, I was assigned a super amazingly beautiful blog. Debby from A Feast for the Eyes describes her page as " Take one recipe blog, and add a passion for cooking a garnish of beginning gardening and a dash of travel". Seriously, her page is full of so many wonderful recipes! Her recipes are organized so wonderfully!
I had a hard time deciding what to make. She has great choices such as Cinnamon Raisin English MuffinsCrispy Fish Tacos, and Pan Seared Scallops and Pasta!

I chose to make the recipe on her blog for "Man Pleasing Chicken" She touts that it applies to Moms, Women, and Wives as well :)

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, trimmed well (mine had 8 pieces)
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tbs rice vinegar

Preheat oven to 450. Line 9x13 baking dish with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Lightly salt and pepper chicken and place in baking dish. Mix the remaining ingredients in a small mixing bowl and pour over the chicken, coating well. Bake for 30-40  minutes, until cooked through, basting the chicken in the sauce about 1/2 way through. Sprinkle with your choice of herbs. I used Dried Thyme

Serve and Enjoy. This was indeed Man Pleasing Chicken :) Ed intentionally didn't eat as much as he wanted to so he could save some to take to work with him for dinner a few nights this week! I also thought it was good and I will try making it again. I think I will add some garlic to it, to increase the savory spice a bit, and I was to try it with Chicken Breast instead of thighs to cut the Points down some. It was really really yummy and super moist. I know my BFF Lorin would LOVE this :)

the Points Plus Breakdown for this recipe is as follows:
Serves 8 @ 8 PPV
Serves 6 @ 11 PPV
Serves 4 @ 16 PPV

Some of the fat cooks out of the chicken but I don't feel comfortable adjusting the points based on that :) have yourself some zero point veggies and call it a night :)


Check out the linky below for more great recipes!

July 17, 2012

All Terrain AquaSport Sunscreen {Review}

The summer months are a great time to enjoy the warmer weather and get more active. It is easy to forget that we need to protect our skin! Being a fair skinned person, I have a tendency to burn easily if I don't use sunscreen correctly.

From their site:
AquaSport SPF 30 was just rated the top sunscreen in the June 2012 Consumer Report Sunscreen report. The company’s other sunscreens scored high in the June Sunscreen report issued by the Environmental Working Group, which looks for products that are not harmful to children or the environment.

AquaSport SPF 30 is oxybenzone-free and has full-spectrum protection from UVA (skin cancer) and UVB (sunburn) rays. With non-nano and un-coated zinc oxide, it is natural, non-whitening, non-greasy and fragrance free Lotion or Spray that will not cause eye stinging. It is water and sweat resistant and is proven to be effective after 80 minutes in water.

What this means to you and me:
Great sunscreen protection, with no added perfumes which can have a negative effect on sensitive skin. This sunscreen feels light and not greasy. This is a great sunscreen for use by the entire family!

Drop by All Terrains facebook page for the latest news and information on their wide variety of family friendly products!


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

June 20, 2012

Wine Go Green

I love the occasional wine splurge! Anything we can do to hep the world be healthier is a win for me :)


June 17, 2012

McCormick Grill Mates® Grill Ambassadors Party

I must say, I love crowdtap! I had gotten a free pair of shorts from Old Navy, and then I was selected for the McCormick Grill Mates® Grill Ambassadors Party. The party pack I received in the mail had lots of yummy goodies! There is still so much summer left, and grilling is such a fun way to get friends and family involved together.

1) Molasses Bacon Seasoning
2) Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ Sauce
3) Montreal Steak Seasoning
3) Spiced Brandy & Herb Marinade
5) Slow & Low Memphis Bit BBQ Rub

We tried each one of these and we were truly impressed by them all. I like to think of this as my sweet and smoky flavor arsenal. The flavors are unique and full.

The molasses bacon has become a multipurpose spice in my kitchen. Sprinkle some on top of your eggs, or on a baked potato to kick the flavor up a notch! I cooked some Hake fillets in the stove top, in coconut oil, sprinkled with the spice and it was out of this world!

Taking this spice to the grill, we enjoyed boneless skinless chicken breast, rubbed lightly with a BBQ spice rub, topped with diced peaches that were sprinkled with the Molasses Bacon Seasoning. Oh My Yum ! :)
Very tasty, and visually appealing too!

The Brown Sugar Bourbon BBQ sauce is in a class of its own. The sauce is SO thick, no worries with wasting half the bottle from it not sticking to the meat when you are trying to cook! The bottle touts that this is both a BBQ sauce and a rub in one, which is pretty impressive. We cooked some chicken tenders in grill packets on the grill with the sauce. The flavor balance was perfect, just enough flavor but not over powering!

I used both the BBQ sauce and the Montreal Steak Seasoning to make these Turkey Burgers. Easy to make and tasty to boot. 1 pound lean ground turkey, 1 tbs Montreal steak seasoning, 1 tsp diced onion, 1/4 cup bread crumbs. Mix together and form patties, Brush on BBQ sauce. Grill and enjoy!

The biggest surprise was the awesome flavor that was provided by the Spiced Brandy and Herb Marinade. The package describes the flavor as  having "the distinctive blend of herbs and warm spices such as cinnamon and ginger with a hint of brandy flavor" :D. I happened to be out of regular vinegar like the marinade recipe calls for so I subbed in some pomegranate infused red wine vinegar. Ed said these were the best chicken legs he had EVER had. That is saying something!

Last, but certainly not least, is the Slow & Low Memphis Pit BBQ Rub. I can say that I like ribs, but this rub takes them to a WHOLE new level. I was afraid that the spice blend was going to be too overwhelming and I am so glad that I was wrong. Honestly, I don't know that I will ever cook ribs again without this blend. It is super easy to use, just rub it on the ribs, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a few hours. The juices release from the meat and combine with the spices to make an amazing crust on on the ribs. Holy Yum. I really want to make more, just reliving the experience!

For more great grilling ideas, stop by the GrillMates facebook page. They share new recipes, and are even currently offering free ringtones!


I was sent this awesome sampler pack to review from CrowdTap and McCormick GrillMates. However all opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. I was not given any additional compensation for my opinions.