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Hi honey bunnies! As you all know I have a blast entertaining friends and family. Planning events is not only a profession for me, but it’s something that I have great passion for. Recently, I had the opportunity to review for a company by the name of Pearl Vodka. Pearl specializes in premium flavored vodkas. I was sent their Apple Pie, Plum, and Wedding Cake flavor vodkas. I tried all three and the taste of these vodkas were out of this world good! They immediately put me in the mood for a Girl’s Night In party.

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So, I called a few girl friends over, whipped up some great food, and made signature drinks out of each flavor of vodka. I made a drinks called the Apple Pie Tini, another called Girls Just Wanna Have Plums, and a Cake Batter Martini. They were all amazing!

My friends had a ball and so did I. The favorite drink of the night was the Cake Batter Martini. This fun and festive drink was quick and super easy to make. The wedding cake vodka was the perfect element for this martini, by adding just the right amount of flavor and kick to the drink.

Overall, all of the flavored vodkas were delish. I highly recommend that you purchase the the vodka flavors mentioned here and some of the other flavors of vodka that Pearl Vodka offers. I’m sure that you will love them and so will your guest at your next event. I have listed the recipe for the Cake Batter Martini below for you to try yourself if you would like. If you do try Pearl Vodka please let me know how you enjoyed it!

Cake Batter Martini
Ingredients:
1/8 cup white cake mix
1/8 cup water
1 oz Pearl Wedding Cake vodka
1 oz white chocolate liqueur
sprinkles
alcohol-infused whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

In a bowl, add your white cake mix and water. Mix well.

In a chilled cocktail shaker, add your cake and water mixture, vanilla vodka and white chocolate liqueur. (The top of your shaker is usually equivalent to a shot, in case you didn’t know). Shake well!

Take a martini glass and rim it with sprinkles. You can use a simple syrup mixture (water and sugar) and dip your glass in the mix, then dip it in sprinkles or simply use a citrus juice.

At the bottom of your glass, add a few sprinkles then pour in your cocktail from your shaker.

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I just love great smelling body hygiene products. From body scrubs to perfume, I love them! I take great pride in how I look and smell. In college I was nicknamed “The Smell Good Lady” by a guy I had a classes with. He said he named me that because I would smell good everyday and even when he would run in to me around campus.

Recently, I snagged the chance to try a new body wash product from Dial called Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash. The smell of this body wash is divine! The refreshing scent of the coconut water paired with the sweet juicy scent of the mango is so enjoyable. I like how the scent of it just fills my bathroom and takes me to a tropical place while taking a shower.

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The scent last for hours on your body which is a plus. Coconut water is great for your skin because it is packed with rich antioxidants and electrolytes that aid in replenishing hydration. Dial has a whole new coconut water line with lush products to help you achieve beautiful healthy skin. I know you will love them just as I do!

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Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

Hi honey bunnies! I just love to stay on top of all of my tasks that I have to do for the week and month. Things can get pretty crazy if I don’t! A few days ago, I received some awesome office supplies to review which included an awesome 3 in 1 planner by Bislique. It is a very functional multi-purpose planner that has found a comfortable home in my home office. This planner has a dry erase calender, note area, and cork board area as well. What makes it really cool, is it is also magnetic! Yes, magnetic!!

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The planner can either sit on a deck or be mounted to the wall. I decided to let it sit on my window seal for now. This planner is so sweet, now your notes and spare pieces of paper will have a home to go to on this stylish 3-in-1 planner.

Be sure to check my reviews for reviews on various products such as food, beauty, technology, household items, medical supplies, office stationary, and more.

When following a certain lifestyle or diet, there comes a time when we all want something a little indulging and sweet. I know I have my sweet tooth cravings hit me every now and then. When this happen I like to find recipes that will help me to stay on track, while helping me to knock out the urge for sugar. I have listed some of my favorite sugar-free dessert recipes below that are super satisfying when I need something a bit sweet.

Sugar Free Apple Pie

Ingredients
•2 (9 inch) pie shell
•3 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
•1 (12 fluid ounce) can unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a small bowl whisk together cornstarch, cinnamon, and 1/3 cup of the apple juice concentrate. Set aside.
In a large saucepan simmer apples with remaining apple juice concentrate until apples are tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in cornstarch mixture and continue to simmer until thickened. Remove from heat.
Spoon apple mixture into pastry-lined pie plate. Cover with top crust. Seal and flute edges. Cut steam vents in top.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Serves:8

Sugar-Free Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Ingredients

•1 (20 ounce) loaf French bread
•1 quart milk
•3egg
•2cups granular sucralose sweetener (such as Splenda®)
•2tablespoons vanilla
•3 tablespoons margarine, melted
•1 cup raisins
•1cup granular sucralose sweetener (such as Splenda®)
•1 egg
•1/2 cup margarine, melted
•1/4 cup whiskey, or to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Break bread into pieces, and place into a large bowl. Pour milk over bread, and crush with your hands until well blended.
Stir in 3 eggs, 2 cups sweetener, vanilla, 3 tablespoons margarine, and raisins until evenly mixed. Transfer to the prepared pan.
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until very firm.

Sauce
To make the sauce: In a medium bowl, cream together 1 cup sweetener and 1 egg until smooth.
Gradually mix in the melted margarine, and continue stirring to dissolve sweetener.
If the sauce is difficult to blend, it may be heated gently, but be careful not to curdle the egg. Gradually stir in whiskey which should make the sauce creamy smooth.

To serve: Allow pudding to cool completely, then cut into cubes, and place into individual heat-proof serving dishes. Pour sauce over, and heat under the broiler until golden, about 3 minutes.
Serves: 24

Sugarless Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients
•1 (9 inch) pie shell
•1 egg
•6 packets granulated artificial sweetener
•1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
•1 cup pumpkin puree
•1 cup evaporated milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl whisk together egg, sugar substitute, and pumpkin pie spice until well blended.
Add pumpkin and milk to egg mixture, and stir until smooth. Pour mixture into pie shell.
Place pie on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until set in center.

Serves: 8

Lemon Cake

Ingredients
•1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
•1 (3.4 ounce) package instant lemon pudding mix
•1 3/4 cups water
•3 egg whites
•3/4 cup nonfat milk
•1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
•1 (1 ounce) package instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
•1 (8 ounce) container frozen light whipped topping, thawed

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 10×15 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix together cake mix and pudding mix.
Pour in water and egg whites. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed to high and beat for 4 minutes. Pour batter into prepared 10×15 inch pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine milk, lemon extract and vanilla pudding mix. Beat on low for 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over cooled cake. Store cake in refrigerator.
Serves: 20

If you try any of the recipes listed please let me know how you enjoyed them.

Hey honey bunnies! I sure enjoy great homemade ice cream during the summer. When you make your ice cream yourself you get a smooth and creamy texture like no other. Also, you know what us going into your mixture because you made it!

When I make desserts like this or any other sweet treat that calls for vanilla, I like to reach for my Nielsen-Massey brand extract. It’s pure flavor allows me to achieve the best and riches flavor with my creations. On Sunday, July 20th it is National Ice Cream Day. I will be whipping up some of my delicious favorites and even trying some new ones. I invite you to share your fav ice cream recipes with me on this day and show me how you create!

I love ice cream sandwiches! The recipe listed below is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s perfect for a Summer Block Party or a fun recipe for baking with kids this summer, making these homemade ice cream sandwiches is sure to be a new family favorite.
If you try the recipe below please tell me how you like it.

Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream
(Yield 1½ Quarts)

Ingredients
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and washed
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup whole milk

Directions
In a 4 quart glass measuring cup, add berries, sugar, vanilla and lemon extracts, and salt. Smash with a potato masher; stir in cream and milk; set aside.

Assemble ice cream maker. Turn ice cream maker on and pour ice cream mixture into *frozen container. Let mix until ice cream thickens, about 20 minutes.

Transfer ice cream into an air tight container; freeze for several hours, or for a firmer ice cream, freeze overnight. Scoop ice cream, place between 2 cookies and gently press.
Or, for a prefect ice cream round; line a 9×13-inch pan with foil then evenly spread ice cream with a rubber spatula; cover and freeze overnight. Then use a cookie cutter to cut desired diameter of ice cream rounds and place between 2 cookies.

*Follow manufactures directions for freezing container, 24 hours or longer is ideal.

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
(Makes about 3 Dozen)

Ingredients
2½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
⅓ cup cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup (1¼ sticks) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1½ tablespoons Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
1 egg
¼ cup unsulphured original molasses
¼ sugar to dip glass bottom

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 light-colored heavy baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, cardamom, and salt, set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate extracts; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg. Add molasses; beat until combined. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients in three batches, beating after each addition until combined.

Roll 1-inch balls and place on cookie sheets. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar, lightly press each cookie flat. Bake one sheet pan at a time on center rack until done, about 8-10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

*Recipe courtesy of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.

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Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

I love to read, it’s one of my favorite pass times. I like pretty much any type of book. I recently finished up a book called the “Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook” by Denise Hazime. I have always wanted to learn more about the Mediterranean Diet and this book serves up great information along with tasty belly-satisfying meal recipes.

There are heart-healthy breakfasts, filling lunches and dinners, even delicious desserts in this book. The Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook has over 200, yes 200 healthy and easy to prepare meals that will help you to follow the Mediterranean diet effortlessly. There is an easy to follow meal plan with full nutritional information that makes it very simple to stick the diet included in the book as well.
The Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook focuses on how to cook Mediterranean food for it’s maximum health benefit and flavor so that you can use this way of eating long term.

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Overall, I was very pleased with the information that I gained from this book. I just wished that it had some nice photos of the meals that I was preparing from it. This way I would know how the food was suppose to look before I made it myself. However, recipes that I tried from the book were very filling and enjoyable to eat for my entire family. I recommend that you check your local bookstore for this incredible book and purchase it! You will be glad you did. You can also find this book on Amazon too.

Disclosure: The reviews and or opinions on this blog are my own opinions . No monitory compensation was received. I was not required to write a positive review. Your experience may differ. The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR Part

I am a person that enjoys a delightful tasting pie or batch of yummy cookies on any given occasion. These two desserts are like a piece of serenity to me. I found a company that makes a unique dessert using these two treats that I like so much called Barbara’s Cookie Pies.
Their desserts will change the way you think and will ever eat your pies and cookies forever. By bringing a decadent fusion of a traditional cookie and sweet toppings with a modern touch, Barbara’s Cookie Pies pumps out treats you and your family are sure to love. The process all starts with a premium-quality butter cookie dough made from a family recipe passed down through the generations. This butter cookie dough recipe was used by Barbara’s Mother and Nana (both also named Barbara) to make rich, flavorful out-of-this-world butter cookies. This buttery–rich cookie dough forms the bottom layer of each cookie pie. Then each is garnished with delectable toppings made from quality fresh wholesome ingredients such as fruit preserves, marshmallow, creamy peanut butter, coconut, caramel, almond, real chocolate and more – for this sweet tooth pleasing , smile making treat.

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I was sent their number one customer favorite the Almond Raspberry cookie pie. I must say it was simply delish! The butteriness of the cookie, paired with the sweet creaminess of the filling , mix with the juiciness of the raspberries, topped with the toasty almond shavings. Ummmm…. To die for!

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My family truly enjoyed this pie and our house guest that we had over the Fourth of July holiday weekend just raved about it! I am sure you and your loved ones will love them also.

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