Thursday, April 9, 2020

Baking with Milkman Instant Lowfat Dry Milk

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   A great item to have in your pantry is Milkman's Instant Low Fat Dry Milk! It's shelf stable for quite some time, until you are ready to use it, and each bag is the equivalent to one quart of milk. You can use it in several recipes, wet or dry, depending on what you make, and it works just like milk should!

   I really love this brand of powdered milk. It took me back to my childhood when we would drink powdered milk after running out of 1% milk. The flavor is sweet and creamy, and it works great in baking recipes! I love that it can sit in your pantry as a powder and ready to use when needed, just by adding water! Such a great product to have on hand! I made delicious little biscuits and you couldn't even taste the milk in them! See how perfect they came out? :)




  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Soft Smooth Skin With Udderly Smooth Hand Cream

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.


      Keeping my hands soft and moisturized with the original formula of Udderly Smooth Hand Cream! This lotion locks in the moisture and leaves your skin feeling oh so soft. I have always had a nostalgic feeling to using Udderly Smooth, because as a kid, I remember my mom purchasing the round tubs and keeping it in the car to use when her hands got dry. When I received this sample to try, all those memories came flooding back, which makes me like this lotion even more! I also love that they now carry it in a tube for easier transportation. You can keep a tube of Udderly Smooth in your purse and use it any time you need! I like keeping mine next to the kitchen sink so I can moisturize my hands after washing the dishes.

Udderly Smooth is a fantastic lotion to keep on hand. You can find different sized bottles in a store near you. Also visit udderlysmooth.com for more products and information.



  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Moop the Silly Chickadee Craft



   Using the supplies I have on hand, I came up with this cute little Chickadee craft, perfect to add to your Easter decor! To make the chickadee, I used the following supplies:

  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Soft Feathers
  • Styrofoam Balls
  • A Yellow Balloon
  • A Foam Sticker for the Beak 

   This is a really funny, challenging way to make the birds body, but we shoved some Styrofoam balls into the balloon and tied it shut. You could easily just blow up a small balloon, or fill the balloon with other items to create a body. Once the body was made, we used the orange foam sticker wrapped around the end of the balloon -where we tied it off at- and made this into the beak. Then we glued on some googly eyes and feathers, and that completed the craft! My son says his name is Moop haha. So there you have it... Meet Moop 🐤







Monday, April 6, 2020

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Homemade Rich and Fluffy Cosby Cake



   Do you remember the episode of the old Cosby Show, where Cosby brings out a luscious white birthday cake with strawberries around the top....He attempts to cheer his wife up, trying to get her to take a bite... 1 cake becomes 2, then 3... It's such a cute scene and that cake has always looked so delicious! My husband told me awhile back, that when he saw that episode as a kid, he always wanted to eat that cake and it made him feel so happy. So I decided to surprise him with my own homemade cake that could slightly resemble the Cosby Cake! I'm sure it was no where near as good as the real Cosby Cake haha, but this one was definitely satisfying. 

To make the cake, I followed a Vanilla Pound Cake recipe I found from Martha Stewart, and for the frosting, I made a Cream Cheese Cool Whip Frosting I found on key ingredient. I will share both recipes below. The cake turned out very rich and filling, and best eaten cold!




Vanilla Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt 

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a (8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch) loaf pan; set aside. 
Step 2: Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; add vanilla and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add flour, beating just until combined (do not overmix). 
Step 3: Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, about 1 hour (tent with aluminum foil if browning too quickly). Let cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack, and turn upright to cool completely.

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Cream Cheese Cool Whip Recipe

Ingredients:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping (thawed, if frozen)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (3.5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix (or other desired flavor), optional

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, stir together softened cream cheese with the Cool Whip. Add the sugar, vanilla, and optional pudding mix.  Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
If you would like a colored frosting, add several drops of food coloring and mix. Continue to add food coloring, stirring after each addition, until the frosting is the desired color. -
Obviously I left our frosting white.



   Both of these recipes were taken straight from the linked websites and made pretty straight forward. They were equally easy to make, and so so good! If you ever make them, be prepared for some dense, yet delicious cake!!



Saturday, April 4, 2020

High Protein Snacking with Shrewd Food Protein Puffs +

Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.

   Have you ever tried ShrewdFood Protein Products?

   I recently had the opportunity to try a few different ShrewdFood products: the Brick Oven Pizza Protein Puffs, the Parmesan Herb Protein Croutons, and the Cookies and Cream Protein Puffs. Each one of these products equally interesting and packed full of protein.

   When I first tried the Brick Oven Pizza Protein Puffs, they didn't really taste like pizza to me, but the seasoning was pretty good! I liked the cheesy flavor. These pack a whopping 14g of protein per serving.

   The Parmesan Herb Protein Croutons were probably my favorite item I've tried. The flavor was perfectly tangy and salty. They seemed a bit crunchier than the puffs, but would be great on a salad. These croutons contain 10g of protein per serving.

And last, my least favorite, the Cookies and Cream Protein Puffs. I thought these would actually be my favorite of the three, but they have a really awful taste. The protein flavor comes in too strongly, making them not very enjoyable. These puffs also contain 14g of protein per serving.

 
   Each of these products were fun to try, and work really well for high protein diets, or when you want an after workout snack. Though make sure you drink a lot of water while snacking, so the protein doesn't clog you up! And maybe go slow on snacking, because I found that when you eat too many, it begins to feel like you're eating foam..lol... I wasn't fond of the texture after a few chews in. Overall, I like that these Shrewd Food products make a healthier snack, so they will be enjoyed during snack attacks after my workouts!

You can find more about Shrewd Food and their products by visiting shrewdfood.com



  I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.



Friday, April 3, 2020

Bunny Art Stamps Using Empty Toilet Paper Rolls


   April is here and that mean Easter is on its way! Here's an easy craft to enjoy with your little ones AND a way to use up those extra empty toilet paper roll tubes you will have on hand! ;)  Make adorable bunny shaped art!


   All you need is some construction paper, any color, but think Springy/Eastery colors, An empty toilet paper roll tube, paint, and something to put the paint on. 

   Cut 2 slices off of the toilet paper roll tube, for the bunny ears, and either attach with glue or tape, or let your little one do each piece one at a time. Make a paint puddle for them to dip the pieces in, and then press it against the paper to make adorable little bunny heads. You can leave it like this or add in extra details to complete the face and background! Maybe even add some googly eyes!

  

Enjoy!