Sunday, October 28, 2018

Guest Post by Melissa Chan: Literary Book Gifts

*Guest Post by: Melissa Chan, designer of Literary Book Gifts

   "Literary Book Gifts is a brand new online store that has unique products for readers and writers of all ages. Sometimes it can be easier to turn on the TV or read magazines than to open up a book and read it from start to finish. Each item in the shop is created with the idea in mind to promote the love, enjoyment, and discussion of reading. In particular, the collection focuses on vintage designs and classic novels. These books have been around for such a long time that you can easily find and read them for free online or at your local library.

   I started Literary Book Gifts earlier this year. I had a few designs ready and I loved the idea of a wide selection of apparel and bags being available online for delivery right to your door. The collection showcases unique in-house designs, you will not find the same products elsewhere. Today I will be focusing on just a few of the products available in the store. In addition, there is an exclusive promo code just for you at the end of this article!

   The Typewriter Tote Bag is just one of the many bag options available. Perfect for carrying an actual typewriter, but also great for carrying books, binders, sweaters, and other daily necessities around town. This vintage typewriter is lightly distressed and in a black print on a beige background. The handles are black and made of cotton. Style this tote bag with a neutral color palette for a complete literary look!

   To go with the tote bags there is a wide selection of shirts available in both men's and women's sizing. The Vintage Book T-Shirt showcases a subtle literary design. A small book encapsulated by rays of sun. All the women's designs are also available in men's shirts as well.

   The Frankenstein T-Shirt for men is perfect to wear for Halloween and year round for fans of Mary Shelley's classic. What I love about the collection is that it has specific titles such as this one and more generic literature related clothing, such as the items mentioned above. I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about the designs and the shop."

   For readers of Temporary Waffle, the exclusive code TemporaryWaffle20 can be entered at checkout to receive 20% off! There is no minimum and this code does not expire.

*Written by Melissa Chan book enthusiast and designer at Literary Book Gifts.

Monday, October 1, 2018

World Peas and Healthy Snacking With Peatos

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

Let's face it; Snacking is something we all do, but looking for healthier alternatives makes snacking better for everyone. Got that crave for a crunchy, cheesy, snack? Peatos has you covered. 

   Peatos is a healthy alternative to Cheetos, made with real cheese, peas and lentils. They pack in 2x the protein, 3x the fiber, and less fat than other munching options out there. They bring in the "junk food" without all that extra junk, so you can feel good about snacking on these delicious crunchy morsels. Each bite is packed with nutrients giving you "pulse power" which are edible seeds from beans, lentils, chickpeas, and peas, making this an excellent source of plant based protein and fiber. Peatos are also GMO-free and gluten free, made without any artificial flavors. They are currently available in four flavors: Classic Cheese, Chili Cheese, Fiery Hot, and Masala. 

   In trying the four flavors of Peatos, I have a severe love for their Classic Cheese. If I find myself craving Cheetos, but don't want the unhealthy aspect, I will reach for the Classic Cheese Peatos and find myself more than satisfied. Each bite has the right amount of crunch and flavor, made with real cheese, and seasoning that includes Buttermilk solids, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and tumeric.

   When I want a more savory flavor, I reach for the Chili Cheese Peatos. These would me my 2nd favorite, as they remind me a bit of the Chili Cheese Fritos I love so much. They have a similar chili seasoning, but are more fulfilling due to the healthier ingredients that include cheese, tomato powder, onion and garlic powder, whey, paprika, jalapeno powder, and natural smoke flavor.

   If I want a more spicy version, I would reach for the Fiery Hot Peatos. These are spicy, I would say maybe they are similar to Takis. They contain seasoning that includes white distilled vinegar, citric acid, vegetable juice, malic acid, natural smoke flavor, and Annatto extract.

   And last, for a more unique savory flavor I would reach for the Masala Peatos. These have a very nice flavor and are probably my 3rd favorite. Some of their added ingredients include onion and garlic powder, natural flavor, citric and malic acid, and beta carotene. 

Each bag of Peatos is delicious in their own way and make an excellent snack the whole family will love. You can find Peatos available for purchase in your local grocery stores or you can shop for them online at Amazon

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*What flavor are you most interested in?  
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I received a complimentary product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions my own.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Join the Simple Solutions Arm & Hammer Community

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Devotions from the Lake - Book Review

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

   Whether you're at the Lake, sitting on the beach, or resting from the comfort of your couch, reading Devotions from the Lake by Thomas Nelson is a great way to start off your morning, no matter where you are. This devotional is filled with such beautiful vivid photos, 100 devotions, and scriptures throughout, so that you can read when you need a pick me up and feel peace in your mind.

      I like how personable each devotion feels and the description really builds a picture for you in your thoughts. The photography provided for each page is so beautiful and really puts you in awe of the gorgeous scenery God has gifted us. With the busyness of life, this devotion will help you slow down a bit during each day, and bring you a calmness and longing to travel. This devotional would be perfect to give as a gift, all it needs is a cozy blanket!!

You can find Devotions at the Lake available for purchase at the Faith Gateway Store or on Amazon.

 This review is made possible by BookLook Bloggers,  in providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

K-Y's Natural Feeling Personal Lubricant with Aloe Vera

 Disclaimer: I received the following product(s) in exchange for my review. All opinions my own.
Water based and made with Aloe Vera, K-Y's Natural Feeling Personal Lubricant is a more natural selection to using lube for personal use or as a massage oil. It is made free from hormones, parabens, glycerin's, alcohol or fragrances making it better for you and the environment. 

   K-Y's Natural Feeling Personal Lubricant is exactly what you would want in a lube, on behalf of the natural ingredients. (Water, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Benzoic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Hydroxide) The product is stored in a sleek container, that's can sit amongst your bedroom items without taking up too much space. 

   This lubricant doesn't have a scent, it's easy to use, but I did find it to be very sticky. Because of this, I didn't find it appealing because it's leaves a glue like texture. I'm pleased with the natural concept, but what might be good for some is not the same for others. What do you think about KY Naturals?

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

Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day Intelligent Blends K-Cup Deal

Happy Labor Day! What kind of fun are you getting into today?
 Looking for some Labor Day sales? Intelligent Blends has 15% off coffee and tea today! And their sample packs are already at a great price, so you can get several k-cups for just under $4! Use the code LaborDay15 to get your 15% off. And when you sign up through the link below, you can also get 5% off! Plus Free Shipping!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Forever With Jesus - Book Review

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

   Forever With Jesus written by Lee Ann Mancini and illustrated by Dan Sharp is part of the Adventures of the Sea Kids, an award-winning Children's Christian book series. Each story focuses on different issues one might face, helping children understand the situation better. This book teaches children about death and how Jesus died for our sins and that we can be with Him forever in Heaven if we believe in Him and accept Him into our hearts. While the adorable fishy cousins were visiting their grandmother for her 80th Birthday, their well known neighbor passed away. This, though an unfortunate event, allowed the grandmother to teach her grandchildren about Heaven, where people go when their bodies pass on. She reads a passage from the Bible and explains "in heaven the lion will lay down with the lamb. That means there will be peace. We will have no enemies in heaven." She uses this example to tell her grandchildren the wonders of heaven and that there will be no tears, no pain, and no suffering; Helping them understand that there is no need to fear death, that it happens naturally and believing in Jesus will give them everlasting life in heaven with Him.

   I love the colorful illustrations in this story, and the bubbly faces each fish has. The art style reminds me of a combination of Flounder from The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo, making it very kid friendly and appealing. The story line itself is great to use in teaching children about loved ones passing on. I think this would make an excellent book to gift your child, especially in times of grief, including that of an animal passing. There is also a 'Find and Seek' aspect to the book, finding a hidden cross in each page, to give the child something fun to look forward to. I would love to see the other stories in the Adventures of the Sea Kids children's book!

You can find Forever With Jesus available for purchase on Amazon,, or Barnes and Noble.

 This review is made possible by Book Crash, in providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

From Dora to Red, Easy Stool Revamp

I love recycling furniture to make the old new again, and when I came across this not so cute wooden Dora stool, I knew I wanted to make it mine. I started by giving the stool a good scrub using coarse sandpaper to allow the new paint to seep in and hold. This took a lot of elbow work as Dora just did not want to cooperate ;)

 After some good hard scrubbing, I cleaned away the dust, screwed off the legs, and began painting. I chose a bright Barn Red color for this stool, and love the turn out! It's eye catching yet subtly sits in my living room adding a pop of color. 

 What do ya think? Would you have painted the stool red or a different color?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Feel the Comfort of Chill Boys Boxers

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

   Finding the right boxers can be a tedious process, trying brand after brand until you come across a pair you just love. With Chill Boys Boxers, they have everything you want in a pair of undershorts! They are ultra soft and breathable, allowing the proper space needed for comfort.  

  Have you found the perfect set of boxers yet? If you haven't, you have to check out Chill Boys Boxers! They are available in two different styles: Chill Boys Soft Bamboo Boxers (in Blue) and the Chill Boys Performance Boxer's (in Black). They are equally amazing! The Bamboo Boxers are the softer of the two, made with 90% natural bamboo fiber and 10% Spandex for easy stretch. They have an airy silky feel and keep cooler than other fabrics do. They are also odor resistant and contain anti-microbial properties so they will keep you fresh and help the mustiness stay away. They are environmentally friendly and built to last. You can find the Bamboo Boxers available in 2 colors: Black and Blue. The Performance Boxers are made of 90% Micro-Mesh Polyester and 10% Lycra allowing them to keep moisture away making them perfect for active men. They dry amazingly fast so if you happen to take a swim at the lake, and sit in the sun afterward, you will be dry in no time! These boxers have a relaxed cut, designed specifically to move with you, without binding or riding up, deeming them wedgie free boxers, and seem to hold true! They are the perfect pair for travel. You can find the Performance Boxers available in 2 colors: Grey and Black.

   My husband loves wearing Chill Boy boxers and believes they are one of the comfiest pair out there. He has tried several brands and always finds himself coming right back to his pair of Chill boys for that extra stretch and comfort. He said the fit is perfect, with room to move and doesn't cause any irritating mishaps. Even the waist band is comfortable, as it is silky soft and doesn't have a tag sewn into the fabric. He loves how lightweight they are and the overall fit and feel. You can really feel the quality put into each pair!

Would you like to try your own set of Chill Boy Boxers? One lucky reader has the chance to win a pair of each, the Luxurious Bamboo Boxer and the Moisture Wicking Performance Boxer. Enter through Rafflecopter below. Good Luck! 

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

Friday, August 17, 2018

National Thrift Shop Day 2018

Did you know that today, August 17 is National Thrift Shop Day?!? On behalf of this fun holiday, Value Village had an awesome sale where ALL t-shirts were 99 cents! I found some excellent finds, all in brand new condition! They had a great amount of women's t-shirts from places like Loot Crate and Tee Fury, which made it really fun to shop :)

Did you find any good deals today? 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Cream Cheese

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

    Made with just 4 ingredients, Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Cream Cheese is one of the best cream cheeses out there. Green Valley combines pure organic cream, seas salt, lactase enzymes, and live active cultures to produce this delectable cream cheese, perfect for spreading onto a bagel, adding to desserts, making sauces and many delicious opportunities. This cream cheese is USDA organic, certified gluten free, and lactose free so it is easier to digest for those that are lactose intolerant. A plus for my family!

   I really love Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Cream Cheese, it's amazing!! It has the perfect creaminess and texture. It spreads smoothly and has the perfect flavor. I love that it only has 4 ingredients, so you really know what you're eating. It's also fantastic that they made a lactose free option, as many people have a harder time digesting lactose, so this one really hits the spot. I could eat it everyday and be happy. It tastes amazing on a warm bagel or slice of toast. I can just imagine how delicious it would be as a cheesecake!!

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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Warrior Blend Plant Based Protein by SunWarrior

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

Warrior Blend Plant Based Protein by SunWarrior is a great protein powder to use after workouts! It is made of several rich sources such as Yellow Pea's, Hemp Seeds, Goji Berries, and Coconut to provide a dynamic fusion of raw plant-based protein. This powder is full of Arginine, Leucine, Lysine, and branched chain amino acids. It is a super-food packed protein shake that will help you on your journey through fitness!

I had the opportunity to try the SunWarrior chocolate protein powder and loved blending it as a smoothie mixed with frozen bananas. But it is also one of the few protein shakes I've tried, that I enjoyed drinking just mixed with water! The powder seems to dissolve pretty well and is a great way to boost your nutrition and feed your muscles. It is very filling so you can also use it as a meal replacement, making it perfect for breakfasts on the go! I like to have a shake after my workouts, as a way to nurture my muscles after I worked them. SunWarrior makes all kinds of different products, it would be amazing to try them all!

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

July 2018 Daily Goodie Box

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

July 2018's Goodie Box is full of all kinds of fun stuff! I received the following items:
Svelte Organic Protein Shake , Oogie’s Snacks Gourmet Popcorn, Herbal Zap Herbal Supplement, Glee Gum, Bakery On Main Granola Bar, Curoxen First Aid Ointment, Fix Signature Sriracha Hot Sauce, and Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patches.

Svelte's Banana Creme Organic Protein Shake was my very favorite item in this months box. It has a delicious banana cream flavor that is smooth and filling, made with real organic banana puree blended with organic non-gmo soy milk. You can have this drink as a meal replacement or to use as a pre/post workout drink. I enjoyed mine after my morning workout so it felt like I rewarded myself with a little treat afterward! These shakes are vegan and gluten-free, 180 calories total, and contain 11grams of protein, 20% of your daily fiber at 5grams and 6grams of sugar. They will help you control your hunger and give you nutritional energy each day. Svelte currently has 5 different flavors: Chocolate, French Vanilla, Banana Creme, Cappuccino, and Spiced Chai. I would love to try them all!

Oogie’s Snacks Gourmet Movie Time Butter Popcorn is like movie theater popcorn without the excessive fat. There are 43calories per cup of this cholesterol free popcorn, with no trans fats. It is gluten free made with all natural non-gmo corn. I expected Oogies Move Time Butter Popcorn to be as delicious as going to a movie theater...but to me, it tastes like day old popped popcorn from home, in my opinion. Though it does have a nice butter flavor and you can taste the quality of butter cream used in the ingredients, I wasn't a big fan. Now if had no kernel skins, I just might like it! But I'm not a big fan of popcorn with kernels, and I prefer a fresher taste.

Herbal Zap Party Detox Herbal Supplement is especially good after a celebration where you drank too much the night before. This ancient Ayurvedic herbal blend will help your body through its natural detox process, and balance out your system to get it back on track. The supplement is made with Ginger, Amala, Turmeric, Coriander, Black pepper and Key Lime with a a hint of cane sugar. You easily dissolve one packet in a cup of water, to enjoy hot or cold. Take it to detox your system or just when you're feeling a little down and need a pick me up!

Glee Gum's Xylitol sweetened sugar-free Natural Chewing Gum is entirely a really cool product; a healthier version of gum, great for kids to chew on! It is sweetened with 100% xylitol which is a sugar alcohol made from American Birch trees, that is also found in the fibers of certain fruits and vegetables such as corn, raspberries, and plums. The xylitol can help fight off cavities and reduce plaque, so it's a better gum overall. It is also said that it can help clear nasal passages, so it's great to chew when your sinuses are bother you. I like that Glee Gum is a safer choice in gum chewing. It contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. and it is gmo-free. We got to try their bubblegum flavor and the taste is great, though it doesn't last long. I would love to try their peppermint and watermelon flavors! My son enjoys chewing Glee Gum and I like that I can feel better about the ingredients in it!

Bakery On Main's Double Chocolate Granola Bars are made by combining cocoa, chocolate chips, gluten free oats, and brown rice (among other ingredients) to give you a healthy and fun snack! They are made in the U.S. and provide a good source of daily fiber, have 4grams of fiber per bar. Each bar contains 4 grams of protein and 8grams of sugar. They make a great snack to eat on the go or to put in your child's lunchbox. Really, you can eat a bar anytime and feel satisfied haha. We enjoyed the nice chocolate taste, though not as sweet as expected... My son loved munching on this snack!

Curoxen First Aid Ointment is a great first aid ointment to have on hand. It kills germs 5x better than Neosporin does. It also does not lead to antibiotic resistance like many other ointments do. Curoxen is made all-natural with organic ingredients including oxygenated olive oil, calendula, and lavender essential oils. This ointment will help repair cells to promote quicker healing wounds and kill germs in a natural way. I like that Curoxen makes specific ointments aimed toward different issues. The one I received is for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, but they also have one with Vitamin D that is aimed for kids use, and one with Arnica for pain relief. Curoxen is definitely a good product to have in your first aid kit!

Fix Signature Sriracha Hot Sauce Packets are perfect on the go flavor packs so you can always add some extra spice to your meal, wherever you are! This is really good for camping or eating potluck meals that need a little extra. The Fix Signature Sriracha is made with all natural ingredients including organic chili peppers, garlic, sea salt, cane sugar and rice vinegar. They contain no fillers, nitrates, preservatives, trans fats, or cholesterol. Each 7g packet holds tons of flavor. I love adding Sriracha Hot Sauce to my eggs or tacos for that added kick of sweet and spicy. A little goes a long way and these packets are perfect for that!

Tiger Balm Pain Relieving Patches combine herbal ingredients to provide hours of pain relief when your body needs it most. Active ingredients including Menthol, Camphor, and Capsicum Extract really give you that hot/cold relief on your sore joints and muscles. These patches are so convenient for when your muscles are sore and in need of some extra attention. I like that your hands stay clean and the patch is so easy to apply, You get mess free, Christmas smelling, relief so your aches and pains can relax when needed. We really like having these patches on hand...perfect for those times we tend to overdue it! 

As always, I enjoyed trying each and every product. Some new and some I've tried in the past, but always fun to try again! If you would like to receive free goodies too, sign up for your own Daily Good Box! You will be glad you did!
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I received a complimentary product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions my own.


Monday, July 23, 2018

The Children's Place Deals

Did you know The Children's Place occasionally has clothes for mom's and dad's too? From pajamas to t-shirts, you can find something special just for you, while you're back to shopping for your kids!

I recently purchased 2 mom shirts for just 79¢ each! (They were on sale for $1.99 and I had a 25% off coupon.) #Insta-Mom and Boss Babe are now added to my wardrobe, and both shirts are super soft. Check out some of the different options for both mom and dad below:

I love shopping at The Children's Place for my son. We've been shopping here for years! They have the perfect pajamas 😊 I love that their kid sizes go from newborn up to size 18 so your kids can wear this brand way into their teens haha. AND you can have matching family pajamas!

There are so many different styles, you can find something for every kids styles!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Swerve: The Ultimate Sugar Replacement

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

Getting my Swerve on with Swerve: The Ultimate Sugar Replacement! 

Swerve is an excellent substitute for sugar, as it is made through a unique process of taking the glucose from GMO-Free fruits and starchy root vegetables grown in the U.S. and France. They ferment that glucose with natural microorganisms brewed inside of brewery tanks, and this fermentation creates a compound called erythritol. Then enzymes are added which break down the starch in the root vegetables, creating oligosaccharides. Natural Citrus flavor is the last addition, making the complete product of: Swerve.

   Swerve is great for those with diabetes as it has zero calories and it's non-glycemic so it will have no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels. It also does not contain any artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors. You can use this product just as you would sugar, it even browns and caramelizes right! Swerve comes in both granular and confectioner sweetener, and they also have different baking mixes! I made a Lemon Pudding Cake with a Lemon Swerve Glaze using Swerve's Confectioner Sweetener. I was amazed with how identical this stuff is to Powdered Sugar! It made the perfect frosting, but the taste is super sweet. I found it to be much sweeter than Powdered Sugar, and it has a cool sensation as well. I feel that less sweetener can be used, which is great because it will last longer but sweeten just as well. It worked great sprinkled across pancakes too!

Swerve is a fantastic sugar substitute that really brings a lot of flavor!

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

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Influenster Renew Vox Box

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

I recently received the Renew Vox Box through Influenster and am loving the products inside! 


 Not Your Mother's Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Nutrient Rich Butter Masque : First off, I want to mention the scent of this product. It smells SO good! I use it once a week, lathering my thin/straight hair, allowing it to sit for 2 minutes, then rinsing out and following with a shampoo to cleanse. My hair is left feeling softer and smelling great. Though the smell doesn't linger in my hair like I would like it to, so I occasionally find myself using it as a leave in conditioner, just slightly on the tips of my hair if I'm throwing it into a messy bun. So far it's been great!

I have very much enjoyed a sample of Sumbody's Milky Rich Natural Soap. It has a pleasant smell and leaves my face feeling soft and clean. I really love the ingredients this bar is made of too: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Goat Milk, and sum Scent Blend... It allows the soap to be gentle on my skin and feel refreshed after each use.

Splenda Naturals is an excellent sugar substitute. I love using it in my baking cookies. It adds such a nice, sweet flavor and doesn't leave a gross taste behind like a lot of artificial sweeteners do. This one is derived from stevia leafs, extracting the goodness out. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, and only non-GMO ingredients. It also tastes great in tea! 

Garnier's SkinActive Soothing 3-in-1 Moisturizer Mask and All-in-1 Cleanser & Makeup Remover are equally great products! The mask is infused with Rose Water and feels like lotion to put on, smells wonderful, and lefaves my face feeling so soft! It's like a mini spa treatment. Probably my favorite product in this box! I also notice it allows my skin to absorb lotion easier. The cleanser works really well on removing my waterproof mascara, which is great to use just before bed. It seems to moisturize around my eyes as well. It has no scent and can be used without rinsing.

The last product was a coupon to pick up a free container of Pure Blends Plant-Based Butter in either Avocado Oil or Coconut Oil, but I have yet to find this in stores to purchase. Once I do, I will buy the avocado oil butter because this sounds most delicious! They are both made certified vegan, with the avocado oil butter containing 2.5g Monounsaturated fat per serving and 0g trans fat per serving, being a good source of Omega 3 ALA and is gluten free. I'm sure it's buttery flavorful!

I have loved trying each of the products listed above. They are all things I would love to continue using. Have you tried any of them? I would love to know your thoughts!

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

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Yeast Free Fried Dough Balls (Wannabe Donut Holes)

If you are craving fried bread, or donut holes, you have to try this recipe! I found it over at Sugar Spun Run and have made it multiple times since. However, we often eat them without any topping, so they become just little fried dough balls! They are sooo good and really easy to make! To make these scrumptious little bits, you need the following ingredients:
 1 tsp Salt
2 cups Flour
3 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
5 Tbsp cold Butter
3/4 cup Milk
Oil for Frying

To begin, heat your oil for frying, then gather the ingredients. The instructions say to combine the dry ingredients together before you cut in the butter with a pasty mixer, but if you're anything like me, I just throw all the ingredients into a bowl, form it into a dough, and call it good haha. You want the dough to have a nice consistency so you may have to roll it around in flour until it reaches that point. You then will be able to roll the dough into balls and they're ready for frying! 

You can fry several balls at a time, and they cook pretty quickly. You want them to be a nice golden color so make sure you cook them until they are otherwise you might have literal "dough balls" haha. Once they are thoroughly fried, pull them from the oil and drain on a plate covered in paper towels. You can then decide if you want to eat them plain, or roll them around in a cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar mixture. 

These little balls make a yummy snack and they're fun for the whole family to enjoy. Your little ones might even have fun helping roll out the dough balls! Enjoy!

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