Friday, October 24, 2014

Click N Dig Review & Giveaway

   One of the biggest nuances of my day to day life is when I misplace something. I often KNOW that I just had an item , but when I go to use it I can't locate it. I don't know if in the chaos of life I just become careless or if it's my kiddos moving things. I tend to think it's the kids...I mean I can't be going crazy, yet...right? Either way, it's something that annoys me to no end.

  Two of the day to day items that Hubs and I both tend to lose sight of are our keys and remotes. The kiddos love to grab the remote to turn their shows on, and Buddy (6) has a bad habit of carrying the remote through the house and then leaving it in some random spot...which results in an all out search party once the kids are in bed and Hubs and I want to relax for the evening. 

  Hubs and I always joked about how we needed to come up with some type of solution to this problem. Well..I'm happy to say that the days of us playing hide n go seek with the remote, or running late to an event because we can't locate our keys, are over! We were recently sent the Click N Dig F6 Item Finder and it's a hit with both Hubs & I.

 The Click N Dig F6 Finder is a convenient & high quality device that will help you find your misplaced item , everytime! This device comes with one transmitter, three key ring receivers & three thin receivers. Double-sided adhesive is included to attach the thin receivers to remotes and other items. Batteries come installed in the transmitter and receivers & an extra battery set is included. 

  We chose to put the receivers on our TV remotes and one on both of our key rings. Once you set all of your receivers up you will want to put the transmitter in a place where you'll easily find it later. We chose to place ours on a high shelf, where the kids can't move it ;-)

  When you need to locate an item you simply press and hold the color coded button on the radio transmitter to find an item up to 60 feet away. The transmitter's frequency can penetrate through walls, cushions and more! So the receiver's will beep and flash no matter where they are. 

 This device has been so handy for us. We've used it a couple times over the past few weeks & it has saved us so much time in our searching! The first time I used it was to find my keys...funny thing is they were in my purse, but as I rummaged I didn't see them. Once I used the transmitter and the beeping led me back to my purse I just had to laugh..then when I opened my purse I saw the flashing light which helped me get my hands on them right away! The second time was to find the tv remote. The kids had been curled up under blankets earlier watching tv and when they threw the blankets in our ottoman the remote went their too. Without the Click N Dig I would have been searching for a long while...probably would have eventually given up on that one. 

   We absolutely love the Click N Dig and would recommend it to anyone. This device retails for $69.95 but can be purchased on Amazon for $39.95. One of you will win one of your own! Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Friday 11/7, Good Luck.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apple Pie Scones

   Yep, you guessed it...another apple recipe! Hey, that's what happens when you love to bake & go apple picking ;-) Of course, we're talking breakfast food too. I've said it before, but its my absolute favorite meal of the day.

   One of my favorite breakfast treats are scones. I fell in love with them a few years back when I first tried the Blueberry Scone at Starbucks. Since then I've made a few different varieties at home & I love them every time! So when I saw this Apple Pie Scone from Rumbly Tumbly floating around my Facebook newsfeed, I knew I had to give it a try.

Apple Pie Scones

2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsps baking powder
3 Tbls granulated sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 Tbls cold butter, cut into cubes
1 cup of heavy cream, plus 1 Tbls for brushing over the scones

Glazed Apple Filling:
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled & chopped up small
2 Tbls butter
1 Tbls brown sugar
1 Tbls granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Brown Butter Glaze:
2 Tbls butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbls heavy cream

Start by making your apple filling. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat and toss in the apples. Stir until the apples are cooked and very little butter is left. Remove from heat and add in the sugars and cinnamon. Set aside to cool.

Next, using a food processor make your dough. Put all of your dry ingredients in and then cut the butter in. Add your apple pie filling to the mixture and mix well until well combined.  Add the heavy cream, stirring until your dough comes together in a ball.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 2-3 times until it comes together. Pat it into a disk. Wrap the disk tightly in plastic wrap and put in freezer for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat your oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

To make your glaze, put the butter in a sauce pan over low heat, stirring occasionally until it turns a nice golden brown. Mix in the sugar & cream and set aside.

Remove your dough from the freezer & place on your baking sheet. Cut it into 8 equal wedges and brush with a light layer of cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired. 

Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through. (mine was about 18 minutes)

Drizzle with glaze & enjoy!! (by the time I got to this step my glaze had thickened up too much, I knew adding more cream would just make it thicker so I put it back on low heat and added some milk)

 These were a huge hit in my home, I even got some over to my mom ...she was watching the kiddos while I went to my glucose test, so taking her these goodies was the least I could do. She loved them & my Buddy (6) said "they were amazing!". I did find them to be a bit moister than most scones, but they were still heavenly!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Facebook....It's destroying relationships (Part 1)

   Several years ago I might have told you something like "I think Facebook is great! You can re-connect with friends you haven't seen in years & it's a great way to keep up on people's lives." Today I'm telling you "Facebook is destroying us!"

 Facebook is the instigator of stupid fights, jealousy & procrastinating. Now, let me first say I really do enjoy Facebook at moments. I love seeing pictures of my family & close friends that live far away, it's a great way to know who needs prayer even if their hundreds of miles away ...but beyond that I don't see it doing much good.

  First, people become either really brave or dumb behind the computer screen. Your Facebook page is your page, you are at liberty to post whatever you am I on my page. What I don't get is when someone posts something on their page that may be slightly controversial, the battle it ensues.

  I might post something about why I don't let my kids cry it out at night, or an article on natural medicine versus traditional. It never fails that someone, and typically the same people, will rudely comment about why I am wrong. I get that people have their opinions, obviously I have mine too or I wouldn't have shared said article. However, the majority of people would not get so rude and self righteous in a face to face conversation. Behind the screen's like they have no filter at all.

  Sometimes I just don't need to know that you disagree with me...because truth of the matter is, if we're close I probably already know you disagree and still love you. For example...I was talking with my husband's cousin about this recently..she is a big supporter of gay marriage, I'm 100% against it. We know this about each other & love each other through that. If she posted an article for gay marriage, I wouldn't say a word...and vice versa, because we already know where the other person stands and there is nothing helpful about arguing about it. So..stop starting meaningless debates behind your computer screen! It's dumb.

   Second, 99% of people have incredibly perfect lives. I mean, their kids are getting straight A's in school, their husband is cleaning the house and buying flowers "just because" , their house looks like it came out of Better Homes & Gardens and dinner looks like they have a professional chef. I mean..behind the screen anyways.

   Reality is, at least in our house...before we started school for the day my 6 year old pouted and whined that he didn't want to do it, I lost my temper...then I had to ask forgiveness ( do you know how humbling it is to ask your kids to forgive you? try it), then we prayed together and finally got started! My husband..yep he's cleaning house but just yesterday I told him that I was tired of picking up after him & our kids spouses will be so happy that I didn't go around picking up after them all the time, because they will as grown adults know how to pick up their dirty underwear. My house...well it's never couch has a marker spot or two that I can't get out, there's almost always cut up paper on the floor because my boys are obsessed with scissors and paper & someone has probably spilled a drink and forgot to tell me. Oh...and dinner, yep I love to cook, but let's be honest most nights we're scrounging around last minute figuring out what to throw together.

 So when I jump online and see pictures of your newly decorated home, or your extravagant vacation pictures.... maybe a picture of your kids schoolwork with #gifted or a picture of your husband and you one date night #besthusbandever ...maybe I get a bit jealous. I've done some of these things before..and I'm trying to be more aware for a few reasons.

   I know not everyone cares that we're having pasta with homemade sauce and homemade bread for dinner. Not everyone cares that I think my son is doing amazing in school & some people think I'm self righteous over the fact that we homeschool (p.s. I'm not, I think we're incredibly blessed to be able to do so). I am learning that sometimes a wife so desperately wants a date night with her husband, but he hasn't asked...or they can't get a babysitter.

   My life isn't why should I pretend it is behind a computer screen, to hundreds of people who really could care less?  When I talk face to face to someone, I don't like debate...I don't stoop to name calling & I would hope as an adult you don't either. For this reason, I don't debate on FB..actually if someone debates with something I post I end up deleting the thread all together; I despise controversy that much. So when I see you call someone a "moron" or some other silly name because you disagree with them, it does nothing but make me loose respect for you. I mean for me elementary school was 20+ years ago, I have no desire to relive it.

   Lately before I post my thought has been "does this benefit anyone?" , "is it true & loving?" if not then chances are it doesn't need said...that's what we're taught in real life, right?  "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?" Most of us follow this in day to day living, so why is it so different behind a screen? You're still you and you're called to be a light, to love others.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread

   It's safe to say that I've gone a little crazy making applesauce this year. I tend to do that when I figure out how to do something new....I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but in this case I'm thinking of it as wonderful! My kiddos love applesauce and there are so many great recipes that you can use it in.

  My kids love special breakfast treats, their content with cereal or eggs, but make something a little different and they are thrilled! One of my favorite things to make for our first meal of the day is muffins. I love how versatile they are. We love serving muffins with yogurt or a hard boiled egg, it makes a great start to the day.

  What I typically don't enjoy is baking breakfast breads...I don't know why but I just feel they usually don't cook well. However when I stumbled upon a recipe over at Lovely Little Kitchen that called for applesauce, I knew I had to give it a try.

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil 
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 
1 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup applesauce

Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease two loaf pans. 

In a large bowl mix sugar, oil, eggs, yogurt, applesauce & vanilla. Then stir into dry ingredients
until combined.

Divide batter into two pans and bake for 43-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and whisk together the glaze.

When the bread has cooled for a bit, remove from the pan onto a cooling rack & spoon on
the glaze. Allow the glaze to set before serving.

  This bread was so easy to toss together. I did make a few changes, I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. I also used vanilla greek yogurt instead of plain since that is what I had on hand. I also decided to omit the vanilla extract, since I used the vanilla yogurt. 

    I only had one loaf pan, so I used the second half of the batter to make muffins. Both turned out great! The bread has just the right amount of sweetness, it screams Fall with the delicious apple taste.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Beauty and the Beet Review

  Many of you know that we are big fans of Veggie Tales in our home. I'm really not sure who gets more excited when a new movie comes out , me or the kiddos.  It can be so hard to find shows that are friendly and appropriate for little ears, so we greatly appreciate the lessons of faith that come with each of the Veggie Tale movies.

  The newest movie from Big Idea is Veggie Tales: Beauty and the Beet. If you've been a fan of Veggie Tales for long, you'll know that most of their movies are loosely based off of a more popular film. I was thrilled when I heard the title of this one. It's obviously going to be around the same idea as Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my favorite movies!

  Beauty and the Beet is all about a lesson in unconditional love. In this story you'll meet Mirabelle (voiced by Kellie Pickler) and her family band, the VeggieTones. In their journey for big time success they get snowed in at a resort. The manager is Mr Beet , the VeggieTones sing and clean for their stay and learn that Mr Beet is quite the beast.

  This movie runs about 45 minutes long, which seems to be the perfect length for my kiddos. The mixture of laughter and Bible based lessons that are found in Beauty & the Beet make this a hit with all of my kiddos.

 You can purchase this film for your family to enjoy, on Amazon for just $14.97 (right now it is just $9.94).

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