Friday, August 1, 2014

Sweet Potato Dog Treats

While my family and I enjoy Thanksgiving goodies I wanted something for Jack to enjoy as well and these sweet potato dog treats are perfect (I also LOVE them dipped in sour cream that's been mixed with dill).

Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Large sweet potato

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Remove the skin from the sweet potatoes.
3. Slice on a mandolin (I pushed the sweet potato with a fork so I didn't cut off my fingers).
4. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
5. Place on a baking cool rack and then onto a cookie sheet (like pictured above)
6. Bake for 30 minutes and then flip and bake for another 10-30 minutes depending on if you want them hard or softer like jerky.

Note: Jack loves these when they are more like glass (tap them on something and they shatter). I usually bake them for 30 minutes, flip bake another 30, turn the oven off and leave the treats in. This is also the way I enjoy eating them.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Buttery Herb Popcorn

While in college Sunday evenings always involved going to the on-campus theater. One of the best parts of their movies nights was the herbed popcorn. Each week was a new concoction and better than the previous week. Over the weekend I attempted to create my own herbed popcorn,  so  I popped 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a paper bag for two minutes in the microwave. I then melted butter and mixed in some parmesan cheese, rosemary, thyme and garlic salt and poured over the popcorn.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Must Watch Date Night Movies

Breezy dresses, warm weather, baseball games, beach parties, and cookouts are just some of the perks of summer. However there is something nostalgic about grabbing a bucket of popcorn, curling up with your favorite and enjoying a little escape from reality. Here is my top 10 lineup of date night movies: 

1. Sweet Home Alabama
2. That Awkward Moment
3. About Time
4. How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days
5. Frozen
6. The Proposal
7. This Means War
8. The Vow
9. 21 Jump Street
10. The Notebook

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Febreze Noseblind GIVEAWAY

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

If you watch TV you’ve probably noticed the Febreze commercials featuring their Noseblind challenges.  You know the ones where they blindfold people, and put them in a room filled with disgusting garbage – when the blindfold is removed they basically want to die because of how gross the situation is.

What exactly is Noseblind? It’s the gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, belongings or car, in which the affected does notice them (even though their guests do).
This week I had the opportunity to take the Noseblind test myself along with a few friends during movie night (we watched Frozen), and let me tell you it was an interesting experience. The challenge I was presented was simple. Take a couple surveys before and after the movie. This was determining what smells were the most apparent in my home. They were the smell of rubber (I didn’t realize my rainboots were that smelly….oops), the dinner I had just cooked and the bag of buttery popcorn in the living room.
I soon realized that the buttery popcorn masked the other scents in my home. While watching Frozen I lit a Febreze candle, by the end of the movie my house smelled fresh and clean. Days later there were no lingering smells in the house.

The Noseblind test really made me aware of the fact that it’s easy to become used to the scents in my home in turn making me Noseblind. It’s kind of scary to think about, no one wants their guests to think they have a smelly home. So this definitely made me more aware of the scents that are going on at my house, as well as making Febreze my new BFF.

Now it’s time to get you equip with the essentials you need to keep your house smelling fab, and avoid Noseblindness. Enter below for your chance to win a FABULOUS Febreze prize pack as well as a $60 American Express Gift Card!! Good Luck!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff Dip

This simple marshmallow fluff dip is a hit paired with a fruit plate, and perfect for any summer get-together. 
Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff Dip
1 -8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 – 7 (or 8) ounce jar marshmallow crème
½ teaspoon vanilla
Optional strawberries cut (I used about 8 smaller ones)

1. Place cream cheese in a bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth.
2. Add marshmallow crème and vanilla, beating until fluffy.
3. Add your strawberries and beat for a couple seconds.
4. Serve with an assortment of fresh fruit.