Jennifer Wieland

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce

by Jennifer Wieland
Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc.. All opinions are entirely my own.

Holidays with my family can be a little loud. Often times, a little crazy too with so many mouths to feed. Mostly though, they are filled with love, family, good times and great food! With meals needed for everything from breakfast, to lunch, dinner, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, food is a holiday memory maker throughout. This year I’m adding to my great food items with an appetizer that is perfect for everyone from the toddlers to grandma and grandpa. I’ve been working on holiday recipes with a family favorite, Wright® Brand Bacon. I can use it for multiple meals, multiple times to bring joy during the holidays. One way I’m doing that is with Wright® Brand Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers that I paired with Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce. These were selected by my kiddos and hubby as the musthave appetizer this year. 

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

Every year I like adding some new foods to my holiday food/party repertoire. It can be a challenge at times. Coming up with foods that everyone will eat. I have six kids that range in age from 8-24 and two of them as you all know, are on the Autism Spectrum. That means sensory issues often play into food options when planning meals. Add in that my sister and brother-in-law have five too and kid friendly is a must when planning out foods for our holiday gatherings. Now, while I do want the kids to like the food I also want it to be something us adults will crave. As we all know, kids love bacon, cheese, burgers, potato tots and ketchup. Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totchos were a no brainer for everyone. Placing them on skewers to make them easier for little hands to manage? Brilliant!

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

Once I had the idea for this recipe I knew I had to run with it immediately! I headed out to my local Meijer Supermarket. We got a Meijer store by me (FINALLY!) almost two years ago. It has become my go to store for groceries. I’m a coupon fan so I love pairing sales, coupons and mPerk offers to save each time I go. Once in the store, I headed to the meat department and picked up Wright® Brand Bacon. It’s a favorite of mine because it is hand-trimmed, hand-selected, naturally smoked and tastes amazing!

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

One of the great things about this recipe is that most of the components can be prepped in advance. Which, is a must for big holiday gatherings or parties. The bacon can be cooked and chopped up a day or two early. The ground beef can easily be browned up earlier in the week. Onions will be just fine diced up and stored in a baggie in the refrigerator or freezer until the are ready to use. You can even go ahead and make the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce the day before and just store it in an airtight container. 

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

This recipe is a great way to keep little hands busy. This is definitely a kid-friendly appetizer not only to eat but also to make. During the holidays there is so much kitchen time that little ones often want to be included and feel like they are contributing too. These Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers snd the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce are a perfect for the mini wanna-be chefs in your family. Plus, with all the upcoming holidays it gives them a chance to become experts at making it. 

Wright® Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers Plus Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce #MadeWithLove #Meijer #ad

Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers with Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
Serves 24
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
40 min
121 calories
10 g
21 g
6 g
7 g
3 g
71 g
289 g
3 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
71g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 121
Calories from Fat 55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
10%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 21mg
7%
Sodium 289mg
12%
Total Carbohydrates 10g
3%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
8%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers
  1. 1 32 oz. Package of Potato Tots, cooked per instructions
  2. 12 Slices of Wright Brand Bacon, cooked and chopped up
  3. 1/2 lb. Ground Beef, browned and drained
  4. 2 c. Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  5. 1/2 of a Red Onion, diced
  6. Mini wooden skewers or long wooden toothpicks
For the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
  1. 1 c. Tomato Ketchup
  2. 2 slices of Wright Brand Bacon, cooked and finely diced
  3. 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  4. 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
For the Bacon Cheeseburger Totcho Skewers
  1. Preheat broiler in oven or toaster oven.
  2. Place two potato tots onto each mini skewer or wooden toothpick.
  3. Place the skewers onto a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Top the potato tots with 1/3 of the shredded cheddar cheese.
  5. Place the pan under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to get the cheese melting.
  6. Remove the pan from the broiler.
  7. Top the potato tots and melted cheese with the ground beef, bacon and the rest of the cheese.
  8. Place the pan back under the broiler for a few more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
For the Bacon Ketchup Dipping Sauce
  1. In a bowl stir together the ketchup, bacon, onion powder and garlic powder.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Notes
  1. Be sure to keep an eye while the pan is under the broiler. Broilers can differ greatly in how close the pan is to the heat. Things can go from good to bad quickly.
beta
calories
121
fat
6g
protein
7g
carbs
10g
more
My Sweet Sanity https://mysweetsanity.com/
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

 

 


Entenmann’s® Little Bites® – Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday

by Jennifer Wieland
Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #LoveLittleBites
Thanks to Entenmann’s® Little Bites® for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Holiday season is in full effect now. That means parents all over are doing their daily routines with the added bonuses of holiday shopping, family gatherings, gift wrapping, holiday decorating and loads and loads of other festive things that go along with the season. With all of that hectic scheduling and planned chaos why not make your life a little easier where you can with Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. These tasty little treats will definitely make your holiday season a little easier and lot less messy.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #LoveLittleBites

Five Reasons You Need Entenmann’s® Little Bites® This Holiday

  1. Keeping kid and adult tummies full on long car rides – With all of the travel to visit family and friends during the holidays it’s important to make the long car rides bearable for everyone in the vehicle. However, you don’t want your car seats to be a crumb and food debris mess. Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in their convenient pouches make for a perfect treat for long car rides.
  2. Make holiday shopping with the kids a little less stressful – Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in their convenient pouches are easy to toss into a diaper bag or purse. While you’re trying to browse and find the best deals you can avert whining kids with their favorite flavor of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins. 
  3. Keep rumbling tummies at bay while sledding – Sledding is a cold weather staple but all that trudging up a hill lugging a sled behind you can be exhausting for kids. Pair that with the cold and kids get hungry pretty fast. A thermos full of hot cocoa and Entenmann’s® Little Bites® muffins in a variety of flavors make the perfect way to refuel. 
  4. Perfect for class parties – Before school lets out for the holiday break many kids have class parties. While those parties can be tons of fun for the kids, parents often see them as a sack full of candy that comes home in their kid’s backpack. Be that parent that sends a different option. With all of the flavor varieties available every kid in class can pick their favorite. 
  5. Give Santa a cookie break – The jolly man loves his cookies as we all know but he’s usually only able to take a few bites before he has to be on his way to the next house. This year, skip the cookies and leave him a few pouches of Entenmann’s® Little Bites® in the special, limited edition flavor Butter Cookie Muffins. He’ll have all the flavor of his favorite cookies but he’ll be able to grab them and go. Being able to munch on a snack while he circles the globe that is less than 200 calories per pouch and contains no high fructose corn syrup or trans-fat will keep him ho-ho-ho-ing all night. 

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #LoveLittleBites

For more information and to stay in the know on all the latest flavors, coupons and contests, be sure to check out the Entenmann’s Little Bites website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram. If you want to see some fun DIY ideas on how to turn these little treats and other Entenmann’s products into fun and festive edibles be sure to check out the Entenmann’s YouTube channel.

Entenmann’s® Little Bites® - Five Reasons You Need Them This Holiday #AD #LoveLittleBites

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

 

 

 


Easy 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge

by Jennifer Wieland
Quick and Easy, Microwaveable, 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge #Recipe - #unidosconlalechera @lalecherausa #ad
 

While I am a baker through and through I do love making candies too. It only happens on special occasions or for the holidays but it’s something I learned from my mom. Since we were kids she would spend hours making fudge and truffles. She’d find pretty tins each year and package them up beautifully for friends, family and coworkers as gifts. Since I know she will be making her recipes every year that means if I want to make candies I need to use different recipes than hers. Since, I also have a houseful of kids and time is short I need quick and easy recipes. Lucky for you! You can’t get any quicker or easier than my 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge.

Quick and Easy, Microwaveable, 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge #Recipe - #unidosconlalechera @lalecherausa #ad

While I learned my love of making sweet treats from my mom I get my Mexican flare from my dad. My grandma was Mexican and we spent many holidays at her house enjoying Mexican fare. Since Mexican chocolate is a staple in Mexican cuisine and different from American chocolate I like using it. If you aren’t familiar with Mexican chocolate it is less sweet than its American counterpart and it tend to have cinnamon and almond flavors in it. You can even find some with peppers added to it. That’s why it works well in both sweet and savory foods. 

Quick and Easy, Microwaveable, 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge #Recipe - #unidosconlalechera @lalecherausa #ad

My secret weapon to make my fudge recipe quicker and easier than my mom’s traditional recipe? It’s my use of NESTLÉ® La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk. If you aren’t familiar with sweetened condensed milk you are missing out on a sweet lovers secret weapon.

Quick and Easy, Microwaveable, 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge #Recipe - #unidosconlalechera @lalecherausa #ad

You can use it in candy or baking recipes but you can also add it to the tops of cookies, add a bit to your coffee or quickly make yourself some caramel. It’s an inexpensive item that you’ll want to add to your grocery shopping list to amp up your holiday baking. Then you can grab it on your next trip to Walmart in the Mexican foods aisle. 

Quick and Easy, Microwaveable, 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge #Recipe - #unidosconlalechera @lalecherausa #ad

 

My other cheat to making this recipe is that there is no big pot and constant stirring, watching, timing and temperature checking like you get in so many candy recipes. Nope, this one takes minutes in the microwave. Literally the most taxing thing about making this fudge is waiting for it to chill so you can cut it. 

Quick and Easy, Microwaveable, 5 Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge #Recipe - #unidosconlalechera @lalecherausa #ad

Five Ingredient Mexican Chocolate Fudge
Yields 36
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
1 hr
138 calories
18 g
7 g
8 g
2 g
5 g
32 g
16 g
16 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
32g
Yields
36
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138
Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 7mg
2%
Sodium 16mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 24 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  2. 14 oz. Can of La Lechera® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  3. 4 tbsp. Butter
  4. 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  5. 1/2 tsp. Almond Extract or Emulsion
Instructions
  1. Add the chocolate, La Lechera® Sweetened Condensed Milk and butter into a large microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave for 90 seconds and then stir.
  3. Microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again.
  4. If the mixture is not completely melted and smooth then microwave for another 15 seconds and stir again.
  5. Stir in the cinnamon and almond extract.
  6. Line and 8"x8" pan with parchment paper.
  7. Spread the chocolate mixture in the pan evenly.
  8. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, about an hour.
  9. Cut into 1" squares and serve.
Notes
  1. This fudge can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  2. If you want to gift the fudge in tins or boxes mini cupcake liners are the perfect holders for each individual piece.
beta
calories
138
fat
8g
protein
2g
carbs
18g
more
My Sweet Sanity https://mysweetsanity.com/

 

 


My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

by Jennifer Wieland
My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

 

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

Take a look at the gift collage to see all the amazing giveaways you are about to enter!

Scroll down to see my giveaway up close.

Enter to win My Favorite Things prize package at the bottom of this post.

HOP around to all the other sites, check out their amazing prizes, and enter to win their gifts!

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

1. A Helicopter Mom | 2. About a Mom | 3. The Little Kitchen | 4. Cutefetti | 5. Moscato Mom | 6. Food Fun Family | 7. This Mama Loves | 8. My Sweet Sanity | 9. The Simple Parent| 10. A Magical Mess | 11. Midlife Boulevard

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway 2017

My prize package is a Geeky, Gamer Girl theme. Prior to starting the blog I worked in I.T. for over 15 years. I was always drawn to technology and gadgets. More than likely I owe my thanks for that to my parents. My dad would buy every new tech toy that came out while we were growing up. Can we say ColecoVision, Adam Computer and Texas Instruments TI99/4A? Then there was my mom. She would take us to the arcade so she could indulge in hours of Pac-Man or call dibs at home to play Q*bert, Donkey Kong, BurgerTime or Tetris. 

I of course spent time dating my husband via video games. We’d play Heroes of Might & Magic or Diablo for hours late at night. Once we were married we gamed as a family. We spent years playing World of Warcraft where I was a guild leader. Video games are now a way we spend time as a family. It can be time exercising as a family with some Just Dance or us trying to out do each other catching Pokemon. It can even be team play in Overwatch or a retro feel game like Cuphead and Mugman. Whether it’s console or computer we love it!

To share my love of all things Geeky Gamer Girl I am giving away a prize pack that includes:

  • Pokemon Pikachu Portable Charger
  • UNO Super Mario edition
  • Super Mario Super Star Christmas Tree Topper
  • Minecraft Creeper enamel pin
  • Zelda Hyrule Pen & Pen Topper
  • 3 fun pairs of earrings from Little Blue House
  • $25 GameStop gift card. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 


Parenting is Hard Work, Get the Best Parenting Partners to Help

by Jennifer Wieland
Parenting is Hard Work! Get the Best Parenting Partners to Help with #BrightHorizons Learning at Home. #AD

 

 

Parenting is hard work. Every parent knows this. Whether you have one kid or ten, whether they’re newborns or teens, you will face struggles and question your decisions. Making sure that you have the best parenting partners you can get to help navigate parental life and a reliable source for child growth and development resources is a must. 

Parenting is Hard Work! Get the Best Parenting Partners to Help with #BrightHorizons Learning at Home. #AD

No matter if you are a working parent who needs to find the perfect child care for your little one or if you’re a stay-at-home parent who wants to have your toddler get ready for school and socialize. Finding the perfect place that your child loves can be hard. Finding a place that you want to leave your child and that you feel has your child’s best interests at heart can seem beyond difficult. That’s exactly what you get when you choose Bright Horizons®.

Parenting is Hard Work! Get the Best Parenting Partners to Help with #BrightHorizons Learning at Home. #AD

Bright Horizons is a great parental partner for child care but they take their work with families a step farther. They offer a Family Matters weekly e-newsletter which features parenting tips, articles, strategies, and resources for growing families. You can also visit the Bright Horizons’ Learning at Home activities pages on their website for Child development and learning. It’s a great way to extend your child’s learning beyond the classroom. For parents of infants through school-age children, Bright Horizons has created a database of learning activities, tips/resources for nurturing development, and creative craft ideas that parents and children can work on together. The activities cover numerous key developmental and academic areas, including social skills, language acquisition, science, math, literacy, and more.

Parenting is Hard Work! Get the Best Parenting Partners to Help with #BrightHorizons Learning at Home. #AD

Even if your kids are school aged there are great resources available to you from Bright Horizons website. My two youngest kids have been asking for an allowance. This is something we haven’t been doing with them up until now. I’m always on the fence about allowances. Should you or shouldn’t you give allowances? If you do give allowances what is or isn’t the right thing to do for chores and money? I was easily able to do a search for allowances from the Bright Horizons’ Learning at Home website. It pulled up numerous articles about allowances with different ideas and  suggestions. 

Parenting is Hard Work! Get the Best Parenting Partners to Help with #BrightHorizons Learning at Home. #AD

For the parents that want a great place for child growth and development resources and activities that range from social, to creative, to educational for your kids then the Bright Horizons’ Learning at Home activities pages are something you don’t want to miss. 

 

 

 


Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes

by Jennifer Wieland
Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe
 

It’s not only a regular school night dinner rush. Nope! Holiday season has descended upon us now making already busy weeknight dinners that much more stressful. I personally, love having great products on hand at home that can help me out on time crunched nights to still get a great meal on the table without a lot of headache.  One of my favorite potato recipes is Greek potatoes. Simply Potatoes® helps me make a quicker version. With Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes I can quickly whip up my Pan Fried Greek Potatoes.

Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe

Simply Potatoes brand products are one of my refrigerator staples. With everything from shredded, diced, wedged seasoned and mashed potatoes their products are always cutting my cook and prep time on weeknights. Since Simply Potatoes are simply made with always fresh, never frozen potatoes that go from farm, to fridge, to fork I can feel good about serving their products to my family.

Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe

It’s easy to turn Simply Potatoes products into all of your favorite potato recipes. With all of the potato prep work done for you all you need is some simple flavor additions to make a tasty, variety of dishes. 

Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe

My Pan Fried Greek Potatoes are packed full of flavor without all of the time and effort it would normally take to make Greek potatoes. 

Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe

If you have 15-20 minutes and some basic ingredients you can serve these up as a quick side whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner. 

Quick & Easy Pan Fried Greek Potatoes #SimplyPotatoes #AD #recipe

Pan Fried Greek Potatoes
Serves 4
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
18 min
151 calories
7 g
0 g
14 g
1 g
2 g
59 g
48 g
1 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
59g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151
Calories from Fat 120
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
21%
Saturated Fat 2g
9%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 48mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 Package of Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes with Onion
  2. 1/2 a Lemon, juiced
  3. 4 tbsp. Olive Oil
  4. 1/2 tbsp. Dried Oregano
  5. Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt & pepper.
  2. Pour the liquids into a 12" skillet and turn the heat to medium.
  3. Pour the entire package of Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes with Onion into the skillet.
  4. Stir to coat the potatoes with the liquid and cover with a lid.
  5. Stir/flip the potatoes every 3-4 minutes.
  6. Cook 12-15 minutes.
beta
calories
151
fat
14g
protein
1g
carbs
7g
more
My Sweet Sanity https://mysweetsanity.com/

You can see just how quick and easy this recipe is below! 

 

 

 


Take Your Rooms from Meh to Marvelous with New Curtains

by Jennifer Wieland
Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse
Thank you to Eclipse™ for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

I have been slowly working my way through rooms in my house. Trying to update them from when we bought the house over fifteen years ago and I had no idea about decorating a house to my now favorite, mid-century modern style. My dining room in particular has been an eyesore made even worse by the fat that it’s the room you walk into when you walk in the front door. They have really made a huge difference in taking my stuck in a rut, meh, 90’s flashback dining room into something more modern and fitting with the look I’m ultimately going for in my home. 

 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Trying to Escape the 90’s

A few years ago I was on a kick, trying to brighten up the look of my house. I knew even then that something as simple as changing out your window coverings could do the trick, and boy, did I need something to do the trick! My dining room has one longer, regular width window and the other wall is almost entirely window. When we bought the house originally, it had come with vertical blinds on both of the windows. After years of use and probably too much abuse from kids they were rather haggard looking. They were also a dull, drab oatmeal color. (I know you are totally envisioning the utter dullness this look gave my dining room.) Pair that with your classes 90’s oak table and chairs and you get the idea, everything just sort of blended into each other. 

How did I cure this oatmeal and oak monstrosity you ask? Oh, I slapped up some yellow curtains. If I want to be precise they were citrine. The color looked beautiful in the package. I put them up one night and I liked them! The next morning? Ugh, not so much! You see, when you have giant windows, whitish walls and golden oak furniture and you put up thinner, yellow curtains it gave everything a yellow tint. I’m not a blackout curtains type of gal. I like to see some light but these were too much. I also was not happy that I could see all of the wood separating the panes in the large window. It cast weird shadows that just did even less for my dining room. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Ding, Ding, We Have a Winner and It’s Blackout Curtains

I recently replaced my dining room chairs after two of my old ones bit the dust. I went with a classic church chair in charcoal grey. I still have my table but stay tuned because I am going to be building my very own dining room table soon. I’ve already ordered the hairpin legs for a total mid-century modern look. In the meantime I’m hiding the 90’s monstrosity with a table-cloth so it doesn’t detract from my gorgeous new curtains! 

I wanted curtains that had some pattern or details to them instead of just a solid color. I also wanted to get a longer curtain. I had 84″ panels up already but I had read that panels that drape the floor give a more dramatic look and I am nothing if not dramatic. I also wanted some teal, turquoise or grey in them. I spent days searching, trying to find the absolutely perfect Eclipse™ curtains. I was down to two styles. I liked both of them but there was just something missing. Then I hit the jackpot! I tried a few more sites online and came across some Eclipse Curtains that I knew were IT! The Benchley Thermaweave Blackout Curtain Panels from Eclipse™ were perfection!

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Once the arrived I knew I had made the right choice just looking at them in the packages. I was still hesitant though because i had thought that before only to have my bubble burst. I wanted to put them up right away but then the kids got sick (Thank you back-to-school cooties!) and then I’ve been battling not one, not two but three medical problems since the beginning of October. (Getting old really stinks sometimes!) A few days ago was the first time I could really move around for more than brief snippets of time, wasn’t at a doctor’s appointment or having tests run. I jumped at the chance to finally get these Eclipse™ curtains up. After everything that’s been going on I needed something to put a smile on my face. 

The New Eclipse™ Curtains Wowed My Crowd

I put the new Eclipse™ curtains up a few days ago and when I did I stood back and looked and smiled like an idiot. They make such a huge difference in the look of my dining room and what you see when you walk in through my front door. Even better, that giant wall of window which is an old, drafty original to the house is now less drafty! 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

As each of the kids and the husband came home that day I heard nothing but exclamations of, “Wow! along with how great the room looked and what a huge difference it made. These beautiful Benchley Eclipse™ curtains have made such a huge difference in the look of my dining room. They have also made an area of my house plagued with drafty, old windows warmer than it was before. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

If you’d like to learn more about Eclipse™ products visit their website. There you’ll be able to learn about the different types of curtains, learn how to measure and find retailers. If you want inspiration to turn your rooms from meh to marvelous then be sure to follow Eclipse™ on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram

 

 

 


Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies

by Jennifer Wieland
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia
Thanks to Steviva for providing products for today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Being diagnosed as Diabetic earlier this year has sent me into a bit of a tailspin. As someone who loves sweets and baking I’ve been sort of at a loss. Before my diagnosis, I had tried low carb and cutting sugar from my diet. I always struggled staying on those types of diets for a few reasons. First, I hate being told I can’t have something. Childish, maybe. No willpower or self-control, possibly. It’s just that once I see a huge list of things I can’t eat those seem to be the things I crave the most. Second, I’m a girl who LOVES baking! That also means I’m tasting and trying a lot of sweets when developing recipes or just plain old eating sweets with friends and family. I have never found sweeteners that I could use instead of sugar that didn’t leave a funky aftertaste in my mouth. That has all changed for me now though. Recently, I was contacted by Steviva, a company specializing in sugar-free sweetener options. I’m not going to lie. I was very skeptical because hello, gross aftertaste. Then I started using some of the products they sent me and sauces tasted right and sweet treats tasted like, well sweet treats. My new fall favorite recipe I can enjoy with the Steviva products is my Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

When looking at the products I received from Steviva I was reading each label. The Fructevia label boldly claimed it was excellent for cooking and baking. It even boasted a taste guarantee on the back. This had me intrigued. I decided to test the taste by making these Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies. While pumpkin spice is a bold flavor combination even it can’t hide nasty sweeteners. I have to say I was amazed at how well the Fructevia delivered on it’s taste! These blondie sand the frosting were sweet without being overly sugary and had no nasty aftertaste.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

To make these blondies I started out with fall favorites ingredients for the cookie bar base.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

The dough for these blondies is thick and sticky. It also doesn’t spread out like most doughs do. To get it nicely in the pan I sprayed a large offset spatula with baking spray to get it spread out in the pan.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

While the dough was baking I worked on the frosting.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

This frosting was a bit of challenge for me. Originally I had planned on doing an icing but in my first attempts at this recipe it did not turn out well. I then tested out this recipe for a more traditional frosting and it worked surprisingly well.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

I chilled the frosted blondies to get the frosting to set nicely. I was then able to cute them into squares and enjoy. 

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies #Steviva #Fructevia

If you’re looking to cut calories, lower carb intake or cut sugar from your diet then Steviva has just the products for you. With Steviva’s large product list of sugar alternatives you will easily be able to find just what you need for any cooking, baking or drink making you may need to do. All of their products can be purchased easily online form their store. Right now my readers can also enjoy a 20% discount on their purchases with the code THANKYOU at checkout. If you’re new to sugar alternatives and need recipes, ideas and inspiration be sure to follow Steviva on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosted Blondies
Serves 24
Write a review
Print
197 calories
12 g
49 g
15 g
3 g
9 g
60 g
126 g
1 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
60g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 197
Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
24%
Saturated Fat 9g
47%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 49mg
16%
Sodium 126mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 12g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
42%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
4%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Blondies
  1. 2 1/2 c. All Purpose Flour
  2. 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  3. 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  5. 1/2 c. Salted Butter, softened
  6. 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
  7. 3/4 c. Fructevia
  8. 1 c. Pumpkin, canned
  9. 1 Egg
For the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosting
  1. 1 c. Milk (I used whole milk.)
  2. 2 tbsp. All Purpose Flour
  3. 1/4 tsp. Corn Starch
  4. 1 c. Butter, softened
  5. 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  6. 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
For the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Blondies
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9"x13" pan.
  2. Place the flour, baking soda, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice into a bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Cream together the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer.
  4. Add in the Fructevia and mix to combine.
  5. Mix in the canned pumpkin.
  6. Stir in the egg.
  7. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  8. In small batches mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
  9. Spread the dough into the prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
For the Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice Frosting
  1. Place the flour and cornstarch into a small saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat whisk the milk into the flour and corn starch.
  3. Heat until the mixture begins to boil while stirring.
  4. Lower the temperature some and continue whisking until the mixture thickens. It should be the consistency of paste.
  5. Pour the mixture into a bowl and let cool. You can cool it in the refrigerator for an hour or two if you don't want to wait but it must be completely cooled.
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed.
  7. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and then add in the cooled flour mixture.
  8. Beat on medium-high speed for 7-10 minutes. The longer you beat the mixture the creamier and fluffier it will become.
  9. Frost the cooled blondies.
Notes
  1. This dough is very thick and sticky. To spread it evenly in the pan you will want to use a greased spatula.
beta
calories
197
fat
15g
protein
3g
carbs
12g
more
My Sweet Sanity https://mysweetsanity.com/

 

 

 


Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

by Jennifer Wieland
Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
Thank you for Steviva for providing products for today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I am one of those people that loves her slow cooker. It just makes life so much easier. It’s a great way to throw some ingredients together and forget about it until it’s time to eat. It’s also a great way to make huge amounts of food for parties, holidays or sporting events. Since I was diagnosed as diabetic I have been watching my sugar and carb intake, trying to get a handle on my wildly out of control blood sugar levels. It’s amazing once you start focusing on labels while shopping. You realize that sugar is in almost everything in some way, shape or form. Sauces and dressings are a huge culprit of this. You quickly learn that many things need to go or you need to look into alternatives. Alternatives like making your own with alternatives to sugar. That’s just what I did with these slow cooker, sugar-free, pulled sesame teriyaki chicken sliders. I created my own sesame teriyaki sauce and soy ginger dressing to create this delicious meal. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

To make both the teriyaki sauce and the soy ginger dressing I used a sugar alternative from the Steviva company as a replacement to honey. Steviva’s Nectevia Original blend is a great liquid sweetener that infuses organic blue agave nectar with premium 100% pure stevia extract. This combination creates a decadent, indulgent taste experience with only 1/4 the calories, carbs and sugars of regular agave, or table sugar.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

To get this recipe going I first made some sugar-free sesame teriyaki sauce.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

If you’ve never made your own teriyaki sauce it is unbelievably simple to do. It comes together in minutes and it’s also easy to customize with your own flavor choices. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Sometimes I forget to put a meal together for the slow cooker first thing in the morning. This recipe is perfect for those times. Since you are using boneless, skinless chicken breasts they cook much faster than a large piece of meat. On high, this cooks in a couple of hours. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Once the meat is fork tender you can take it out and shred it with two forks or use your stand mixer with the paddle attachment for some hands free shredding.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Toss the meat back into the slow cooker with the teriyaki sauce and stir to get the meat nice and saucy. Lower the slow cooker to the keep warm setting and eat when ready.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

To make the sliders even more delicious I made a quick Asian slaw. It took only a few minutes to make a sugar-free ginger soy dressing. I once again used Steviva’s Nectevia Original in this recipe. I then tossed it with some coleslaw mix, shredded carrots, red pepper and green onion. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Let it hangout in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes for the veggies to really grab up all the flavor of the dressing.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

To give these sliders some heat I mixed mayonnaise and sriracha to make a sriracha mayo. You can easily make this as hot or as mild as you want. That bit of heat was a perfect pairing for the sweet and salty of the teriyaki and dressing.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Once everything was loaded onto some small rolls it was time to eat. All of the textures and flavors made this dish not only eye-catching but delicious as well. 

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

If you’re looking to cut calories, lower carb intake or cut sugar from your diet then Steviva has just the products for you. With Steviva’s large product list of sugar alternatives you will easily be able to find just what you need for any cooking, baking or drink making you may need to do. All of their products can be purchased easily online form their store. Right now my readers can also enjoy a 20% discount on their purchases with the code THANKYOU at checkout. If you’re new to sugar alternatives and need recipes, ideas and inspiration be sure to follow Steviva on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free, Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
Serves 6
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 30 min
1133 calories
97 g
150 g
50 g
70 g
8 g
676 g
8623 g
34 g
0 g
39 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
676g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1133
Calories from Fat 439
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 50g
76%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 150mg
50%
Sodium 8623mg
359%
Total Carbohydrates 97g
32%
Dietary Fiber 6g
25%
Sugars 34g
Protein 70g
Vitamin A
82%
Vitamin C
98%
Calcium
30%
Iron
62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Sugar-Free Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
  1. 1/2 c. Recued Sodium Soy Sauce
  2. 1/2 c. Water
  3. 2 tbsp. Nectevia Original
  4. 4 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  5. 2 tbsp. Corn Starch
  6. 1 tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  7. 1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
  8. 2 cloves Minced Garlic
  9. For the Sugar-Free Ginger Soy Dressing
  10. 1/4 c. Nectevia Original
  11. 1/4 c. Vegetable Oil
  12. 1/4 c. Rice Vinegar (I used unseasoned.)
  13. 1 tbsp. Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  14. 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  15. 1/2 tsp. Sriracha Sauce
  16. 1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
  17. 1 clove Minced Garlic
For the Asian Slaw
  1. 4 c. Bagged Coleslaw Blend
  2. 1 c. Shredded Carrots
  3. 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced into very thin 2" long pieces.
  4. 2 green onions, finely sliced
  5. 3/4 c. Sugar-Free Ginger Soy Dressing
For the Sriracha Mayonnaise
  1. 1 c. Mayonnaise
  2. 1-2 tbsp. Sriracha Sauce (Use more or less for your heat preference.)
For the Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
  1. 2 lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  2. 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  3. 1 - 11/4 c. Sugar-Free Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
  4. 2-3 tbsp. Water
  5. 12 Slider Buns or Dinner Rolls
  6. Asian Slaw
  7. Sriracha Mayonnaise
For the Sugar-Free Sesame Teriyaki Sauce
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together into a saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium-high heat until the edges start to bubble.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and continue to whisk until sauce thickens.
  4. If the sauce gets to thick add some water to thin out.
For the Sugar-Free Ginger Soy Dressing
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together to combine. You can also place all of the ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake to combine.
For the Asian Slaw
  1. Place the coleslaw mix, shredded carrots, red bell pepper and green onions into a large bowl. Pour the sugar-free ginger soy dressing onto the vegetables and toss to coat.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to let the veggies absorb all of the flavor from the dressing.
For the Sriracha Mayonnaise
  1. In a bowl stir together the mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce.
For the Slow Cooker, Sugar-Free Pulled Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Sliders
  1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker.
  2. Season the chicken with black pepper and top with the sugar-free sesame teriyaki sauce and water if needed.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours or until starting to fall apart when picked up with fork or tongs.
  4. Remove only the chicken from the slow cooker.
  5. Shred the chicken with two forks or in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  6. Put the chicken back into the slow cooker with the sauce and stir to coat the meat.
  7. Lower the slow cooker to the warm setting.
  8. To assemble the sandwiches, slice rolls or open the slider buns and top each with some of the chicken and sauce. Next place some of the Asian slaw onto the meat. Spread the Sriracha mayonnaise onto the inside of the top of the bun. Place the top of the bun on the sandwich and enjoy.
beta
calories
1133
fat
50g
protein
70g
carbs
97g
more
My Sweet Sanity https://mysweetsanity.com/

 

 


12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb Gift Ideas

by Jennifer Wieland
A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

The holidays are right around the corner. That means my pocketbook is going to be stretched thin. I have a ton of immediate family to buy for and then there’s extended family, friends, co-workers, yada, yada, yada. You get the idea. Money gets tight quickly. I do try to buy gifts when I can throughout the year but that final push the last month or two can really hit hard. I like having gifts that I can make and give out. First of all, I think they are more thoughtful and secondly, you can find some inexpensive ones to make. Bath bombs are all the rage with girls, teens and women. So being able to make some as gifts or stocking stuffers is a perfect go-to DIY gift idea.

A Roundup of 12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb!

12 DIY Bath Bombs That Are Da Bomb

These bath bombs are just the DIY gift you need. This list has the perfect DIY bath bombs whether you have skin issues, a cold, want to unwind from the day or just want some that look pretty and smell good. These bath bombs also has you covered for DIY gifts for everything from Christmas, to Valentine’s Day, to Mother’s Day, birthdays and even get well soon gifts.

1. Orange Bath Bombs
2. Lavender Bath Bombs
3. Heart Bath Bombs
4. Peppermint Bath Bombs
5. Fizzy Bath Bombs
6. Eucalyptus Bath Bombs
7. Belle’s Bath Bomb
8. Galaxy Bath Bombs
9. Chlorine Blasting Bath Bombs
10. Cupcake Bath Bombs
11. Mason Jar Bath Bombs
12. Unicorn Bath Bombs

Packaging up these bath bombs as gift is simple, easy and inexpensive. All you need to do is place them in cellophane bags and finish a label and some decorative ribbons If you want a more polished idea add them to a mason jar and finish it off with a top and side label, a pretty bow and a tag with instructions. 

 

 

 


Top
Theme by Selim Alvele | Copyright 2018 My Sweet Sanity | Powered by WordPress | 100 queries in 0.570 seconds.
WordPress Backup