Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Plated - Cookbook Review

Plated contains over 125 recipes. The authors' mission is to help you cook and eat better without having to think about it. This book contains a good variety of recipes from breakfast to desserts but they do seem pretty basic. Nothing really jumps out at me. I might try a few of the rubs and marinades listed. I do like that several dishes include a seasonal swap idea so you can switch the main recipe up by just using whatever is in season at the time.

I think this might be a cookbook for those that are a bit inexperienced in the kitchen or need a bit of inspiration to get them started. It might be a good housewarming or bridal shower gift.

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review. Opinions are my own.

Friday, May 27, 2016

3 Piece Poly-wicker Nestable Basket Set

There are so many ways you could use this 3 Piece Poly-wicker Nestable Basket Set. The baskets are made from hand woven synthetic fibers which are BPA free. They are safe for the dishwasher (top rack only), microwave, and freezer.

Small basket
 9 3/4 inches long by 8 1/2 in wide by 3 1/2 in deep

Medium basket
11 3/4 inches long by 9 1/4 in wide by 4 1/2 in deep

Large basket
14 3/4 inches long by 6 1/4 in wide by 3 1/2 in deep

Small & Medium baskets can be stacked for storage.

Nicely made.

I really like these baskets. I currently have the medium one on our table with the apples in it. I plan to use the larger basket for carrying napkins, condiments, and such out to our deck when for when we eat outside. There are so many uses for these baskets and I really like that they can be easily washed. 

You can find this 3 Piece Poly-wicker Nestable Basket Set on Amazon.

* I received this product at a discounted price for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

PinPix Decorative 30x20 inch Bulletin Board

I have been wanting a bulletin board of some type in my kitchen for awhile now. They are so convenient to just pin a note or picture up on it. Plus my fridge is already overflowing with stuff! I love the design and quality of this PinPix Decorative 30x20 inch Bulletin Board.

The boards come in different sizes and you can pick the color of the frame you want. My board is the 30x20 inch and the Satin White frame. It also comes with a package of push pins and all the hardware you need to hang it.

PinPix boards are made with high quality canvas that has self healing technology that allows the board to partially repair itself. Once you remove a pin, within 48 hours the hole partially repairs itself. It's pretty cool!

The bulletin board was packaged extremely well when it arrived. They had taken care of being sure it would not get damaged in shipment.

You can find the PinPix Decorative 30x20 inch Bulletin Board on Amazon. We love our board!

* I received this product at a heavily discounted price for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bully Sticks & Beef Tendons Combo Pack

Bully Sticks & Beef Tendons Combo Pack from WyldLife Pets are premium free range chews for dogs. This pack comes with 3 bully sticks and 3 beef tendons. They are all natural, free of any additives, hormones, chemicals, or preservatives. They are made from the highest quality of free range Angus beef. They are also made in the USA.

Bully Sticks

Beef Tendons

Our dog liked both of the chews. I cut the tendons in half so I could make them last longer. She really enjoyed all the chewing. They are also great for helping keep her teeth strong and clean. These chews are good for all sizes of dogs.

She jumped for it so quick I barely got a picture. 

You can find Bully Sticks & Beef Tendons Combo Pack on Amazon. 

* I received this product at a heavily discounted price for this review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Hohenstein - Book Review

Hohenstein was a delightful read. It brings us along on the journey of  Baroness Marie-Louise who is trying to save her family's deteriorating estate. In her father's will it stated that she can't have her inheritance until she is 25 or married. When she returns to the castle she finds it has completely fallen apart and she doesn't have the funds to repair it but she is determined to save it. She also finds herself torn between the attention of a somewhat boring but suitable doctor and a childhood friend whom she can't seem to forget.

I really enjoyed the book. There were a few spots that seemed to move a tad bit slow but overall it was a great read. Marie-Louise was a strong character. I also enjoyed her Aunt Ambrosia's character. She was stern but meant well in wanting what was best for Marie-Louise. The author's descriptions of the castle grounds made me feel like I was right there.

You can find Hohenstein on Amazon.

* I received an ebook version in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cook in Israel - Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes

Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes is such a lovely cookbook! Most of the recipes are made with ingredients most of us have in our pantries or can easily get at the nearest grocery store. The author focuses on fresh flavors and simple techniques so you don't need to spend a lot of time before you enjoy them!

I happened to have some plums that needed using up so I just had to make the Plum Cake. It was delicious! It took less than 10 minutes to prepare before putting it in the oven. It smelled so good while it was baking. 

Before going in the oven.

Fresh out of the oven.

Yum!! Warm Plum Cake & Vanilla Ice Cream.

All of the recipes in the book are Kosher and inspired by Mediterranean-Israeli cooking. Most of them are also vegetarian. The author also includes a section of her family's favorites. The book includes several pictures and the instructions are easy to follow. 

If you're looking to try some new recipes I highly recommend this cookbook!  You can find Cook In Israel Sweets, Holidays and Family Recipes on Amazon.

* I received an ebook version for free for my honest review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask From Majestic Pure

Coconut Oil Hair Mask From Majestic Pure is a 100% natural formula designed to hydrate and revive dry and damaged hair. It's safe for all hair types.

I use this one a week in place of my normal conditioner. It left my hair soft, shiny, and also helped with tangles. I would have liked a bit stronger coconut scent to it but other than that I really like it.

Only a little bit is needed & about 5 minutes in your hair.

You can find Coconut Oil Hair Mask on Amazon.

* I received this product at a discount for my honest review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Pentel Gel Pen & Mechanical Pencil Review via Shoplet

This Pentel EnerGel Alloy Retractable Gel Pen is a blend of liquid and gel that makes for a smooth dark ink. It almost glides across the paper when writing. It dries quickly without smearing.

The pen is comfortable to hold. The textured grip area also makes it so it doesn't slip if your hands get sweaty.

The Pentel Sharp Mechanical Drafting Pencil is the #1 best selling Pentel Pencil. They have a 4mm tip design that makes them perfect for using with rulers and templates.

It is pre-loaded with 6 sticks of Pentel Super Hi-Polymer HB Lead which never needs sharpening. It's super strong and doesn't break off like other mechanical pencils I've used. It also has a cap on top that protects the latex-free eraser. 

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* I received these products complimentary for my honest review. No other compensation was received. Opinions are my own.