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Cooking with Red Copper

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper
~Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with a Red Copper Square Dance Pan for review.~

I’ve finally found the pan of my dreams! Ha, sounds pretty funny, right? But I’m not kidding. I’ve been through quite a few “non-stick” and “non-scratch” pans that ultimately prove to be quite the opposite. After multiple uses, EVERYTHING starts sticking even after prepping with non-stick spray, and there are nicks and scratches all over them. What a waste of money!

When we moved, I tossed out all of said pans so we could start anew. One of the new pans we got is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead and so far it’s been THE best pan I’ve ever owned.

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Features:

  • Aluminum base heats evenly with no hot spots.
  • Cook on stovetop and in oven (safe up to 500* F).
  • 9.5” x 9.5” x 1.75” square dimension.
  • Smooth anti-stick and anti-scratch ceramic surface.
  • Riveted stay-cool handle.
  • Easy clean up and dishwasher safe.

Normally when I get a new pan, I immediately toss out all the packaging and give it a good wash before using. This time around, I did something different – I. Read. The. Directions. Who the heck ever reads directions for a pan? Why do pans even have directions? If you’re buying one, I assume you know how to use it. But ya know what, I actually learned something!

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Before using the Red Copper Square Dance Pan, it is suggested that you season it. Season it? What the heck does that mean? Like when you season chicken? No, totally not the same thing.

Seasoning the Red Copper Pan consists of coating the interior with a small amount of vegetable oil and placing it in the oven at 300* F for 20 minutes. I’m starting to wonder if this is where I went wrong with all of those other pans that ended up in the trash. Oops!

After that it has been nothing but easy cooking with Red Copper. I’ve used it just about every day since getting it. I’ve made breakfasts of bacon, eggs and pancakes, of which I fit four pancakes in the pan at once. You can’t do that with a round pan. I’ve used it to make fried chicken and my new favorite dish – cooked cabbage (I’m totally addicted to cabbage these days).

All the while, nothing has stuck to the pan and no metal utensils have scratched the pan. On top of that, cleanup has been as easy as wiping it clean with a paper towel.

Take a look at this video of my cabbage dish in the works. I didn’t use any non-stick spray and threw the chopped bacon in the Red Copper pan with no prep to the pan at all. Not once did anything stick. (Sorry about the slight movement in the video. I couldn’t find my tripod for stabilization and was too hungry to search for it.)

 

When I was done cooking (and eating), you could see remnants of bacon grease sitting atop the pan. And even though I was totally eating out of the pan while waiting for the rest of dinner to finish, there are absolutely no scratch marks from my fork. What I didn’t eat out of the pan, easily glided right onto my plate. Then all I did to clean the pan was rinse with dish soap and hot water, and wipe it down. Easy peasy!

So non-stick the food dances right off!

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

When we moved, I ditched all of our "non-stick" and "non-scratch" pans because they didn't live up to their claims. That meant we had to get new pans, one of which is the Red Copper Square Dance Pan from BulbHead. So far it has been THE best pan I've ever owned. Read more about it on the blog! @BulbHeadIdeas @Bulbhead #RedCopper

Ready to get cooking with Red Copper? The Red Copper Square Dance Pan is available online at BulbHead.com for $19.99. Red Copper even offers a lifetime replacement guarantee. So if you treat your Red Copper pan well, but at some point it doesn’t deliver, you can get a replacement and get right back to cooking.

What will you cook with Red Copper?

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*Thank you to Marketing Maven for providing me with a Red Copper Square Dance Pan and helping me cook effortlessly again. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

How I Prepare for a Couponing Trip

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

Since I started posting my grocery store couponing hauls on Instagram, I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on how great it is and what amazing savings I’m getting, and many people wishing they could do what I do. You can and I’m going to give you some tips!


Yesterday was my latest haul and while it wasn’t my biggest, I still kicked butt. In fact, I saved a lot more than I had expected. Even the cashier and people in line behind me were amazed and in awe.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

In fact, I got into a little conversation with the woman behind me about where I get my coupons and just the store’s general coupon policy. She was asking me so many questions and I was trying to answer them all, while at the same time trying to make sure the cashier didn’t skip over any of my coupons (they sometimes stick together), haha. So this inspired me to write a post just giving you some info about how I do my couponing and what I do to prepare for a trip to the grocery store.

Store’s Coupon Policy

Now, I’ll tell you, when I lived in FL I wasn’t as coupon rich as I am now. I still used coupons, but didn’t save nearly as much as I do now living in NJ. The reason is simple. FL stores do not double coupons or at least none of the one’s in my area did. But now that I’ve discovered ShopRite and its amazing coupon policy, I’m able to make my coupons go further. So my first suggestion is to check out the coupon policies for the stores in your general area.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

I love ShopRite because they have digital coupons that you electronically add to your shopper card, and many of those coupons are duplicates of the exact same coupons that can be printed online. And for each item you buy you can use both a digital coupon and a printed manufacturer coupon. That alone is double savings.

To make it even sweeter, for any coupon with a face value less than $1.00, ShopRite will double it (given it’s a coupon that allows for doubling and in my experience most of them are). This means if I have a coupon worth $0.75, ShopRite doubles it, saving me $1.50.

THIS, my friends, is how I save the bulk of my money using coupons. It all boils down to the store’s coupon policy.

Store Ad

Now that I know what I’m looking at in terms of the store’s coupon policy, my next task is to browse the store’s weekly sales ad. This is where I start every single week. I look for and simply take note of sales of items that my family enjoys and uses. I find that looking through the sales first makes it a little easier for me to gather what I need to get the savings.

Coupons

To be coupon rich you have to have coupons, right? I get asked often (even in the grocery store) where I get all my coupons and quite simply, I print them at home. I haven’t gotten a Sunday newspaper, which offers tons of great coupons, in about a year. But if you do get a Sunday newspaper, then you’re more ahead of the couponing game than you think.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

Personally, all of my coupons are printed online and the majority are printed from InboxDollars. What I love about InboxDollars is that for each coupon I print and actually redeem, I earn $0.10. That’s not something offered by other coupon sites.

I don’t factor these earnings into my total haul savings when I post them because it takes a little while for these to show up. They aren’t added to your InboxDollars account until the store sends the coupons to the manufacturer for payment and when that’s done varies from store to store. On average it takes about 30 days for me to see these earnings show up in my account.

Rebates

Aside from coupons, I also save money by submitting my shopping receipts for rebates. I use Ibotta, Saving Star, Checkout 51 and MobiSave the most. The great thing about Saving Star is that just like ShopRite’s digital coupons, Saving Star rebates are sometimes the exact same as the coupons I can print.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

For example, yesterday I purchased Dial body wash. I printed a coupon valued at $1.50, ShopRite had the same digital coupon, and Saving Star had the same rebate. That’s $4.50 in savings. How much did the body wash cost? $3.49 – I got it for free plus made an extra $1.01!

The other great thing about Saving Star is that I can link my ShopRite shopper card number and the rebates will automatically be processed within a few days of my purchase. So this is one app I don’t have to manually submit my receipt to, like I have to do with Ibotta, Checkout 51 and MobiSave. But I love them all and use them all the time!

Shopping List

My last step before heading to the store is preparing a shopping list. After browsing the sales ad, seeing what coupons are available for printing and seeing what rebates are available, I can determine which items I can get a great deal on.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

My shopping list consists of what the item is, along with its regular or sale price. I then detail where all my savings are coming from, whether a printed coupon, ShopRite digital coupon, or rebate. This helps me figure out what my final price is for each item. I also use it as a tool to ensure I have all the printed and digital coupons ready to go. I mean, I’m doing all this work to save as much as I can and when every penny counts, I have to make sure I’ve got everything I need when I get to the store.

And to be honest, if I didn’t make a list I’d get to the store and forget half of what I wanted to get.

I oftentimes get asked how I save so much money on my grocery trips. Today I'm telling you a little about my favorite store and exactly how I prepare for a couponing trip, so you can do it too. #couponrich #couponing #extremecouponing #couponmom

In a nut shell, this is how I coupon and save the money I do. I really only do major couponing like this at ShopRite, but do still coupon at other stores. Other store coupon policies just aren’t as great as ShopRite’s!

Are you ready to get started? Check out InboxDollars and the rebate apps to see what kinds of savings are available and get to it!

Are you ready to be coupon rich?

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No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake

No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake

~Originally posted 2/6/16.~

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’m sure many people are looking for something sweet to give their special someone.  We hear all the time that homemade gifts are better than store bought gifts, but let’s face it – that’s not necessarily always true.

BUT, it is SO true when it comes to this No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake.  I mean, need I say more?  Reese’s Cups. Peanut butter. Cheesecake. HELLO?!  My mouth is watering just looking at a piece.

And I don’t know about you, but I love gifts that are edible.  Don’t get me wrong, flowers and jewelry are nice and all, but give me something yummy to eat and you have my attention.

So, if you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift or even just something to send things over the top, this recipe is for you.  It’s all homemade with nothing but love, straight from the heart.

4.8 from 5 reviews
No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 14
 
This delicious cheesecake is super easy to make at home and because it's no bake, you really can't mess up.
Ingredients
  • 25 Oreos
  • 5 Tsbp melted butter
  • 3, 8 oz. blocks of cream cheese (24 oz. total)
  • 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip (1 tub)
  • 25-30 Reese's Miniatures
  • Optional: Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. Refrigerate the Reese's Miniatures so they keep their shape.
  2. Using a food processor (I used my Nutribullet, haha), crush the Oreos and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Add in the melted butter and mix well.
  4. Press the Oreo crust mixture into the bottom of a spring-form pan (a pie dish works as well).
  5. Refrigerate crust for at least 30 minutes to set.
  6. Mix together the cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla, until well blended.
  7. Fold in the Cool Whip until well mixed.
  8. Cut the Reese's Miniatures into quarters and fold half of them into the mixture.
  9. Pour the mixture over the Oreo crust and spread it evenly.
  10. Place the remaining cut up Reese's Miniatures across the top (or around the outer ring if you want to be fancy).
  11. Refrigerate for 5 hours.
  12. Remove spring-form pan's outer shell and enjoy!
  13. Optional: Add chocolate syrup over the top.
Notes
If you want to put a little bit of a spin on it, use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.

 

Blue Apron: Tasty Food? Worth the Cost?

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

For months I’ve been contemplating trying Blue Apron food deliveries, but could never fully commit to paying the $60/week price tag. But just recently I was emailed an amazing deal and paid only $14.94 for my first delivery. At that price, I knew it was the right time to give Blue Apron a try, so this time I didn’t hesitate.

The weekly Blue Apron plan I chose to get was three meals for two people. The service tailors the meals you receive to your diet preferences and tastes. For example, if you don’t eat seafood, you can designate that in your profile and no seafood dishes will ever be sent. There are even options for vegetarians and much more.

And to take it a step further, you’re offered a menu each week where you can pick and choose which meals you receive. It’s not a type of service where you’re flying blind and each delivery is a surprise, although you can keep it a surprise if you want to. Going to be out of town for a week? No problem. Just skip that week’s delivery and you won’t be charged for it. It’s definitely a perk that it works around your schedule and your family’s preferences.

We eat pretty much everything around here, so we don’t have any diet restrictions and after browsing the menu, the three meals I chose to receive were (1) Chicken Paillard with Potato, Fennel & Meyer Lemon Sauce, (2) Bucatini Pasta Bolognese with Brussels Sprouts, and (3) Lemon-Caper Catfish with Spiced Lentils & Collard Greens. I felt like these dishes would give us a good sample of different types of meals Blue Apron has to offer.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

Delivery

Once I signed up I believe it took about 2 weeks to get my first delivery. When it did arrive, it was on time and as promised. I was very pleased with how everything was packaged. All the foods looked fresh, much of which looked better than I’ve purchased at the store before; and with large ice packs keeping the food cold, I easily transferred everything to my fridge.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

Cooking

When it was time to try our first meal, I chose to make the Chicken Paillard dish. Each dish that comes in the delivery has its own recipe card, so all I had to do was pull the ingredients listed on the card and follow the cooking instructions. As far as ingredients, literally everything I needed was included with the exception of salt, pepper and water, and obviously these are basic cooking staples that everyone should have in their home. Even simple things like butter were included.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

As far as the recipes, I’d say they’re fairly easy to follow. If you’ve never worked with certain foods it could be somewhat of a challenge, but you’ll still figure it out. For example, I have never cooked with fennel before, but this dish included fennel. I really didn’t know how to prepare it, but after rereading the instructions a few times (ya know, just to make sure I was clear, haha), I made it work.

That just happens to be one of the things I like about Blue Apron. In every dish I made, I got the opportunity to work with certain foods and ingredients I’ve never cooked with before, including the fennel, black lentils, capers and brussels sprouts. I’ve never even cooked with red pepper flakes, which was part of this chicken dish.

Eating

When all was said and done, the Chicken Paillard was delicious! There is no doubt I’m keeping this recipe card handy and making this dish again. If you’ve been reading Making Time for a while now, you know my family loves chicken, so finding new flavors is always a plus for me and this is a flavor I love.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

The second dish I made was the Bucatini Pasta Bolognese and once again, this dish did not disappoint. In fact, my kids even loved it. My boyfriend and I didn’t get to eat our full meals because the kids were indulging too. I had actually given them a night off from family meals (my son is a picky eater) and let them choose what they wanted – chicken nuggets. But when they saw what we were eating, they tossed their nuggets to the side and headed to our plates.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

The last dish of our Blue Apron delivery was the Lemon-Caper Catfish. We love seafood, but I left this particular dish for last because I wasn’t so sure we were going to like the black lentils mixed with collard greens. Alas, I still cooked the dish per its recipe card and we gave it a try. Personally, it was a very different taste for me, but was doable. I would say that there were too many black lentils and they overpowered the dish.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

My boyfriend actually spit his food out and said heck no. He ate the catfish, but nothing else. So in my opinion, less of the black lentils would have made this dish much better, and I actually didn’t even plate all of the lentils that I cooked. This was just one recipe we didn’t care for as much as the others, but everyone’s tastes are different so to each their own.

Final Thoughts

Is the food good? Yes. We absolutely loved the chicken and Bolognese dishes, and will make those again in the near future. And even though we didn’t much care for the seafood dish, it was still a great experience to try something different.

Is Blue Apron worth the price? For my family, no. $60/week for three meals that’s just enough for two people, simply isn’t affordable. There’s another option that offers two meals for four people, but again that’s still not affordable for us. I can go to the store and purchase all the ingredients for these recipes for much less than that.

That being said, with Blue Apron you’re not only paying for the food and recipes, but you’re also paying for the convenience. It’s definitely nice to have everything I need to cook my family nice, hearty dinners delivered right to my front door. If we had disposable income, I may consider keeping my Blue Apron deliveries, but for now I’ve cancelled all future orders.

Have you tried Blue Apron or any other food delivery service?

*This post was in no way sponsored. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Crockpot Fall off the Bone Whole Chicken

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Chicken is a staple in my house. Any time I see chicken on sale I stock up, even if I have to freeze it. It doesn’t matter if it’s wings, legs, thighs, breasts or in this case, the whole chicken, my family is all over it.

But this also means we eat a lot of the same chicken recipes over and over. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try something different and cook a whole chicken in my crockpot. Let me just say that I have never gotten a bone so clean in my entire life. Not only was the chicken moist and delicious, but it literally fell off the bone! I couldn’t even pick up the whole chicken to get it to the cutting board without it just falling apart.

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Now, I know there are tips and tricks to prevent the whole chicken from falling apart when cooked in a crockpot, but I actually enjoy how moist and flavorful the chicken is when it cooks in it’s own juices. And apparently, so does my family. We ate on this whole chicken for three days (talk about affordable!), preparing the leftovers in different ways.

There’s no doubt I will be cooking whole chickens in the crockpot in the future and will be trying different seasoning variations. This time around I used fresh garlic, thyme and lemon, along with the basic salt and pepper. Delicious!

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

 

5.0 from 5 reviews
Crockpot Fall off the Bone Whole Chicken
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6+
 
This crockpot recipe for slow cooking a whole chicken will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, it will literally fall right off the bone?
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken (5-6 lbs.)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 bundle of fresh thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse and slice the lemons. Set aside.
  2. Peel the entire head of garlic so you have individual cloves and cut each clove in half lengthwise. Set aside.
  3. Remove the chickens innards (usually packaged in a bag you can simply pull out) and rinse the chicken well under cold water. Pat dry.
  4. Season the entire chicken, inside and out, with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Layer the bottom of the crockpot with slices from 1 lemon, the garlic cloves (leave about 4 cloves set aside) and a few sprigs of thyme.
  6. Stuff the inside of the chicken with the slices from 1 lemon, 4 cloves of garlic and a few sprigs of thyme.
  7. Tuck the chicken legs/thighs under and place the chicken in the crockpot.
  8. Top the chicken with the remaining lemon slices and thyme.
  9. Cook on high for 4 hours.
Notes
If you want to make it a one pot meal, try adding chopped vegetables around the chicken. Think potatos, carrots, celery and onions. Oh my yum!

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Have you ever cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot/slow cooker?

*Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

“Welcome to the Uber Life” + Giveaway

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill
~Thank you to KNG International for providing a free sample for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Opinions are 100% my own.~

You know what I hate? Going to the refrigerator and finding that what I was looking forward to eating or drinking is gone. At this point, living in a house of four, I feel like it’s just a fact of life. 

But I’m not so sure I’m ready to accept that. And thanks to the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge from Uber Appliance, I don’t have to.  It’s compact size and ease of use allows me to keep those special treats hidden in my bedroom, away from the rest of the family. Well, at least the kids. My boyfriend is still questionable, but if anything ever goes missing I know exactly who to blame.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge Features:

  • Interior dimensions – 8.5″ x 5.75″ x 5.25″
  • Exterior dimensions – 11″ x 7.25″ x 10″
  • 4L personal fridge holds up to 6 cans.
  • Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system.
  • Both heating and cooling options.
  • Plugs into 12V car charger or in-home outlet.
  • Removable shelf.
  • Self-locking recessed door handle.
  • Available in a retro red or silver color.

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Aside from the compact size of the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge, I love that it can be used for both cooling or heating. This makes it a great accessory for camping or even keeping your lunch warm at the office. I can only imagine all the things I would have used this mini fridge for, when I had my own cubicle at work. Mothers can even use it for storing pumped breast milk.

Another favorite feature is that the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge can be used by plugging it into a 12V car charger. That means you can take it on the go! Take it camping or on long road trips and eliminate the need for a messy ice chest.

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Uses:

  • Office/cubicle
  • Bedroom
  • Dorm room
  • Camping
  • Road trip
  • Vacation/hotel stay
  • Garage
  • Picnic

Want your own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge? There are many different retailers who have it available. You can shop directly from Uber Appliance, but even shop retail sites like Amazon, Walmart, Sears, Overstock, Newegg, Wayfair and even Groupon (price varies by location).

I even have a chance for you to win one! KNG International is giving one lucky reader their very own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge! Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

Welcome to the Uber Life

What will you use the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge for?

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Sponsored by: KNG International and Uber Appliance

Hosted by: Making Time

Co-hosts: Babbles and Tantrums

This giveaway is a partnership with KNG International. It is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

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Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries

These Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries will have your taste buds thanking you. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, they're great any time of day. #recipe

Did someone say fries?

Oh wait, cheese fries?

What?! Bacon, egg and cheese fries? Oh my yum!

That’s right! This recipe for Homemade Bacon, Egg and Cheese Fries will have the whole family loving you. Anytime I get a craving for loaded fries, but don’t want to leave the house to head to a restaurant, I put this recipe to work.

These Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries will have your taste buds thanking you. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, they're great any time of day. #recipe

Whether it’s morning, noon or night, you can’t go wrong with bacon, egg and cheese anything. If you don’t eat “breakfast foods” for dinner sometimes, you’re doing it wrong!

4.8 from 6 reviews
Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries
Author: 
Recipe type: Comfort
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 3 servings
 
These Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries will have your taste buds thanking you. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, they're great any time of day.
Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable oil
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 Tbsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp of seasoning salt
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup of cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat/prepare the oil in a pan or deep fryer.
  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, garlic powder, seasoning salt).
  3. Slice the potatoes into thin strips and coat them with the dry ingredients.
  4. Fry the potato strips until tenderly crisp.
  5. While the potatoes fry, cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until crispy.
  6. Just before ready to plate, fry the eggs over easy.
  7. To plate, start with a layer of the fried potatoes and sprinkle with cheese. Then layer on the fried eggs, and top with the crispy bacon pieces and more cheese.
Notes
To really make these over the top, load them with sour cream and green onions as the final layer.

How will you top your Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries?

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GERBER CEREAL Provides the Iron My Little One Needs

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood
 

Sooo, have you figured out yet that we are totally a Gerber family? I’ve been talking about our love for Gerber for a few weeks now. My mom has told me that I grew up on Gerber baby products, my son grew up on Gerber baby formula and purees, and now my daughter is in love with just about every Gerber food that exists. Yeap, I think it’s safe to say we’re a Gerber family.

Because I have two kids, I tend to compare them when it comes to reaching different milestones and while my kids are like two peas in a pod and look like twins born 3 years apart, they still have their own personalities and differences. One such difference is as I just mentioned, my son was given baby formula, but my daughter has been breastfed.

So while my son was getting all the nutrients he needed through his baby formula, one thing my daughter is lacking from being breastfed, is not getting enough iron. No matter how much iron intake I have, it doesn’t affect the amount of iron in my breast milk.

Where is my daughter going to get the iron she needs? She’s going to get it from GERBER CEREALS! Told you we are a Gerber family, haha.

Did you know iron was important to your baby’s diet?

 

Adequate iron intake is important in supporting healthy brain development and overall growth, especially within baby’s first year. Breast milk naturally contains iron, but many times exclusively or partially breastfed babies are started on an iron supplement at around the age of 4 months.

My daughter is getting her iron supplement in the form of GERBER CEREALS. Just 2 servings of GERBER CEREAL a day provides her with 90% of the daily iron she needs to help support her learning ability.

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood

We recently made our weekly trip to Walmart to restock on her GERBER CEREALS and chose to stick to the basic ones like Single Grain Oatmeal, Single Grain Whole Wheat, Single Grain Rice and also Multigrain. The GERBER CEREALS were very easy to locate in the baby section and my local Walmart even had a large end cap display of nothing but our favorite GERBER CEREALS.

Since we’ve restocked, my daughter has no problem getting her daily amount of iron intake and now that she’s 12 months old, she likes when I mix in a little Gerber puree. I mix in some of the fruit flavors when she has GERBER CEREAL for breakfast, and in the evening for dinner, I mix in some of the vegetable flavored purees. She loves the taste and I love that she’s getting the iron she needs to continue healthy growth and learning.

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood

Have you spotted GERBER CEREALS at Walmart?

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*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and allowing me to ensure my little one has the iron she needs. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Easy 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.

Have leftover chicken, but don’t know what to do with it? I have the perfect recipe for you!

I don’t know about your family, but mine eats a lot of chicken. Quite frankly, it’s an affordable protein, and there are many different ways it can be cooked and a countless amount of flavors it can be enjoyed with.

But sometimes we have leftover chicken and really don’t want the same thing two nights in a row. That’s when I turn to my easy 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla recipe. While these can be enjoyed as a first meal, it’s a big time saver for me when I make it using leftover chicken and it helps me minimize how much food we waste.

So today, rather than telling you what I’m making time for, I’m going to share my 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla recipe. It’s something that saves me time and allows me to fit other important things into my busy day.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 leftover cooked chicken breasts
  • 16-20 small wheat tortillas (1, 16 oz. pack)
  • 2 cups honey BBQ sauce
  • 8-10 slices of cheese

Directions:

  1. In a blender, chop the leftover chicken breasts.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat, add a little olive oil and heat the chopped chicken.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  3. Transfer the warmed chicken to a bowl and mix in 1 cup of BBQ sauce. If you like a lot of BBQ sauce, feel free to add more.
  4. Taking 2 wheat tortillas, spoon some of the remaining BBQ sauce onto each and spread it around.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  5. Spoon some of the BBQ chicken mixture onto one of the tortillas. Don’t spread the chicken out to the edges because once the quesadilla is all cooked, when you cut it it will spread the interior ingredients towards the outer edge.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  6. Place 1 slice of cheese on top of the BBQ chicken. You can also use shredded cheese if you prefer. My family is pretty basic and would rather have good ‘ol American sliced cheese.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  7. Place the second tortilla on top of the cheese.
  8. Spray the skillet with non-stick spray (I like to use olive oil spray) and heat on medium-high.
  9. Cook the quesadilla on both sides until golden brown.
  10. Let cool, cut into fours (I use a pizza cutter) and enjoy.
*Note: You can also use the large tortillas. I have used them before and rather than using 2 tortillas to make a quesadilla, I simply fold the large tortilla in half. Just spread the BBQ sauce over the whole tortilla and then place the BBQ chicken mixture and cheese on only half of it. Then fold the other half over and cook. 

This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.

This recipe yields 8-10 quesadillas, all depending on how much filling you use. And as a finishing touch, I love to dip my BBQ Chicken Quesadillas in ranch dressing or even sour cream. Yum!

Would you dip your BBQ Chicken Quesadillas?

Snack Time with Gerber Lil’ Beanies

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Snack time in my house could very well be my kids’ favorite time of day. They run ragged all day, so when snack time rolls around they’re more than ready to be refueled. My toddler now thinks she can eat everything her older brother does and she certainly wants to.

The problem is that he’s such a picky eater to begin with and only eats certain foods – junk foods (hopefully he’ll grow out of this stage soon). So while my toddler may be able to handle the consistency of some of the foods her older brother eats, they’re not the healthiest foods for her.

One of my son’s favorite snacks is cheese puffs and it’s also a snack my daughter enjoys as well. Definitely tasty (who doesn’t like cheese puffs?), but certainly not very healthy.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Beep, beep! My mom’s saving $0.75 on Gerber Lil’ Beanies, my favorite snack!

 

Luckily, Gerber Lil’ Beanies is the perfect substitute for my toddler. They may not have the exact same cheesy taste as cheese puffs, but they have the same consistency and their very own delicious taste.

The best part? They are so much healthier for her and she loves them! It’s a win-win for both of us!

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Mom, do you think 3 is enough?

 

Made from navy beans, Gerber Lil’ Beanies are a baked bean-based snack (say that 3 times fast, haha) that provide 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 10% the daily value of Vitamin E, per serving.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Ooooh, here comes another mom and her kids! Tell her how to save on Gerber Lil’ Beanies!

 

And with two available flavors, Original and White Cheddar Broccoli, you’re toddler will surely enjoy one or the other, if not both. My daughter loves the White Cheddar Broccoli Lil’Beanies and when we visited our local Publix last week to pick some up, she couldn’t even wait until we got home to dig in!

Not only do I prefer my daughter to enjoy Gerber Lil’ Beanies as a snack over cheese puffs, I also like that they’re very affordable. Publix has them for just $2.00 each and to make it an even better deal, Ibotta is offering a $0.75 rebate! So if your toddler hasn’t yet tried Gerber Lil’ Beanies, now is the perfect time to head to your local Publix and pick some up.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Just look at my daughter! The other day I realized she had gotten kind of quiet and when little ones get quiet you know that normally means they’re up to no good. I looked around and found her sitting under the table with one of her Gerber Lil’ Beanies snacks.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

I guess she was making time for her own snack break. This is definitely the type of quiet I can get used to! Now I just need to work on my picky eater of a son.

Which Gerber Lil’ Beanies flavor do you think your toddler will enjoy?

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*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring my toddler to snack healthier. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.