Aug 2, 2015

Useful & Budget-Friendly Kitchen Gadgets You Didn't Know You Needed

I have been a long time fan of kitchen gadgets. Anything that makes life easier is always a plus for me. Sometimes these gadgets come with a big price tag and I am more likely to not purchase them. Today I want to share some of the latest gadgets I received to review that are very economical.

First up is the IMUSA Avocado Slicer. I admit, I really wasn't too sure how to use this item at first. It took me a few tries to figure it out. It is good for if you are cutting multiple avocados at once. The IMUSA Avocado slicer features an ergonomic handle with stainless steel accents. This plastic avocado slicer cuts and peels an avocado half in easy motion. Available at for $2.99.

Also from IMUSA, is the Citrus Squeezer. To say that I am big into home cooking and baking, I did not own one of these before. This handy tool that makes extracting citrus juice a breeze. This colorful and stylish hand-held press has an ergonomic design for comfort, and a bright yellow exterior finish to add a pop of color to your kitchen.  The squeezer juices lemon or limes quickly, without the seeds or mess. Available at for $8.99. I LOVE this item so much and I'm so happy to finally have one in my kitchen!

Finally, I received the The COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet and the COOKINA Gard Oven Protector. The reusable cooking sheet can be used for baking cookies, pastries and other desserts. The Cuisine is an innovative product that creates a nonstick, easy-to-clean and healthy cooking and baking experience. Ideal for using as an alternative to aluminum foil, parchment and wax paper. The excellent non-stick feature means having no need to use oil or needing to clean the tray and oven afterwards. The neat part is that you can cut the sheet to fit your pans. I was able to cut mine down to 2 sheets so it was like a 2-for-1. It also comes with its own scrubber for a super easy clean up. You can purchase it at for $12.99.

The COOKINA Gard Oven Protector is a toxin-free, easy-to-use product that helps home cooks keep the oven clean with minimal effort. Home cooks need not worry about cleaning the oven after each use with this product. Users can simply place the oven protector on the bottom of the oven to catch every spill and splatter for an easier clean-up, without any odor. This will be super helpful during the holiday season when my oven is being used almost daily. Available at for $12.99.

I think that all of these gadgets would make a great gift for the home chef in your life or as a house-warming present. The prices are excellent when compared to some of the competitors' brands.

Disclosure: I received product samples for review purposes and all opinions are 100% my own as always.

Jul 30, 2015

Check Out The All New Food Lion Recipe Portal #LifesBetterWithTheLion

Do you ever feel like you keep cooking the same exact meals over and over again? I'm pretty sure most of us feel this way and get stuck in a rut. I am always looking for ideas online and sometimes even that can be overwhelming. I recently was introduced to the new Food Lion website with their recipe portal. The site is super clean and easy to maneuver and find things. You can sign up for a Food Lion MVP card either online or in-store. I created an account on the website using my MVP card. Once you're logged in, you are open to a host of tools at your fingertips. The recipe portal is broken down into categories ranging from main dishes, vegetables, sides, desserts and more. Once you find a recipe you are interested in, you are able to click on the individual ingredients and add them to your shopping list. How convenient is that? You can even find recipes according to a specific ingredient.

If you have a recipe you would like to share, you can easily submit it into the portal. All you need is a couple photos, a list of ingredients and the steps to prepare. I submitted one of my favorite recipes for my Easy Cheesy Zucchini and it took me under 10 minutes. I love the fact that the recipes on the Food Lion site are from home kitchens like yours and mine.
My zucchini recipe is a big hit and I know it will be for other families. The recipe is so easy and doesn't require any outrageous, hard-to-find ingredients.
Want the full recipe? Go check it out here. While you're there, be sure to browse other recipes and submit your own. Be sure to sign up for your MVP card so you can take advantage of their low prices. You can even track your savings on your dashboard when you are logged into your account.

Be sure to connect with Food Lion on the web, Facebook and Twitter for promotions and updates.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Jul 27, 2015

Double-Dipped French Toast at IHOP® for a limited time

The end of summer just got a little sweeter with new Double-Dipped French Toast from IHOP® Restaurants. This twist on the breakfast classic features soft brioche bread first dipped in vanilla batter, then dipped a second time in a coating of corn flakes and oatmeal and griddled perfectly to a crispy golden-brown. Guests can choose one of two flavor combinations to top off this hand-crafted treat:
Cinnamon Sugar Double-Dipped French Toast – Soft brioche bread is first dipped in vanilla batter, then dipped a second time in crispy corn flakes and oatmeal, griddled, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and whipped topping.

Lemon Strawberry Double-Dipped French Toast – Soft brioche bread is first dipped in vanilla batter, then dipped a second time in crispy corn flakes and oatmeal, griddled, then topped with cool lemonade cream and glazed strawberries.

This newest take on the breakfast classic is backed by a long history of French Toast favorites from IHOP restaurants, including mouthwatering Stuffed French Toast and the popular Brioche French Toast.

Guests can enjoy two slices of hand-crafted Double-Dipped French Toast as part of a combo with eggs, done the way they like them, their choice of crispy bacon, pork sausage links or a slice of grilled ham, and IHOP restaurants' signature golden hash browns, or stacked high as an entrée of three slices at participating restaurants.

Double Dipped French toast will be available at participating IHOP Restaurants between July 27 and September 20.

For over 57 years, International House of Pancakes, LLC has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain is highly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-to-order breakfast options as well as meals under 600 calories. Beyond offering “everything you love about breakfast,” IHOP® restaurants have a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of March 31, 2015, there were 1,650 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the Philippines and the U.S. Virgin Islands. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc.

The Benefits Of Red Wine

People have known about wine for a very long time. Just as much are known the benefits of red wine: in Asia, where about 7,000 years ago appeared winemaking, and in Egypt, and in ancient Greece, who had heard about this divine drink a thousand years before our era, red wine was drank primarily for health promotion, preservation of beauty, physical and mental strength. And only secondly the drink was considered as means of entertainment and relaxation.

The benefits of red wine are not surprising - it is an absolutely natural product conceived by nature. According to Canadian historian Rod Phillips in "A Short History of Wine" - each grape is a small winery, in it - inside or on the surface - there are all the chemical elements that will turn a berry in wine.

This feature of grapes – to be transformed and to transform - was the reason for its deification and special reverence in different religions - from pagan to Christian. In ancient times, red wine was consumed with meals, it was considered to be a necessary condition for healthy life. Doctors prescribed to drink it little by little, but constantly; patients should increase the dose to drinking half a liter 3 times a day.

The benefits of red wine are caused by a unique combination of substances in it. Magnesium, iron, chromium, zinc, rubidium, potassium, sodium, calcium, selenium, copper, flavonoids, polyphenols, tannins in it are good both by themselves and because of their special biological activity. A set of substances and elements like specially intended for recovery, purification and as a result rejuvenation of the body!

If you are among those who love wine then you will definitely like this informative wine infographic I recently stumbled upon:
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Jul 24, 2015

Get A Healthy Smile With New Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste #ColgateDailyRepair

Colgate has rolled out their latest toothpaste from their line of oral care products. Introducing, New Colgate Daily Repair Toothpaste. 

This special formula of toothpaste offers these benefits: 
  • Repairs early teeth and gum damage
  • Strengthens teeth by re-mineralizing weakened enamel
  • Fights plaque to keep gums healthy

Helps prevent:
  • Plaque
  • Gingivitis
  • Tartar Build-Up
  • Cavities
  • Bad Breath

I have been using Daily Repair for a week now and it works well, leaving my mouth feeling fresh and clean. I particularly like Colgate Total toothpaste because I experience a longer lasting freshness. Who wouldn't want that? The Colgate brand has been a part of my life since childhood. I can remember family members coming to America from Guyana (my birthplace) and referring to toothpaste as "Colgate". You can't go ever wrong with such a trusted brand!

Colgate Total Daily Repair just hit the stores this month and is available in 2 sizes-- 4.0 oz ($2.47-$2.97) and 5.8 oz ($3.47-$3.97) at most retailers nationwide.

To learn more about Colgate Total Daily Repair, you can check them out on their website and be sure to connect on Facebook and Twitter for product promotions and updates.

I received product samples for review. All opinions are 100% my own as always.
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