Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Silicone Cupcake Molds Review

I love to cook, bake and experiment with new kitchen tools. I've seen the new silicone molds for muffin pans and the cupcake liners but never tried them. Until now. And I'm hooked!!!

 Recently I had the opportunity to try out the California Kitchenware silicone cupcake molds. They come 12 to a pack and run about $8.00. To me, they are totally worth it!!!

These vibrant little cupcake molds are awesome and easy to work with.

 They are food grade non-stick silicone and you do not have to use the muffin pan. You can bake these babies right on a cookie sheet and they still keep their shape. I used my muffin pan just simply because it was the one I grabbed out of the cabinet.

They are safe for the dishwasher, hand washing, freezer, microwave and up to a 500 degree oven. You can use these for so many wonderful ideas like muffins, cupcakes, meatloaf muffins and egg muffins for breakfast.

Simply choose your favorite "muffin" recipe and get to baking.

I was a little concerned because I have been told "non-stick" before and still had to spray it to keep it from sticking. These were not that case. When they say non-stick, they mean non-stick. The muffin popped out very easily and in one piece. 

Not much left in the cupcake mold at all...

And one of the best parts? Clean up was a snap! I hand washed mine simply because I was already washing and was curious as to how easy it was. They came clean with no problems and I've used them several times again. 

I highly recommend you checking this product out and seeing what great creations you can come up with. You can purchase them on Amazon and see other great reviews there as well. 

Have you used silicone molds before? 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Majestic By Kim Collingsworth Review and Giveaway

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I love music. It flows through my veins, really. From the time I can remember, I have always been around music. Singing with my family or learning to play the piano. To say that music is a part of my household is almost an understatement.

Recently I got the chance to listen to some beautiful music with the Family Christian review opportunity of Kim Collingsworth's new CD, Majestic.

You might recognize Kim from the regular appearances on the Gaither Homecoming Tour and the Gaither Video Series. Those are some of my favorite series to watch as they sing so many of the older songs I grew up on. 

This CD contains a beautiful collection of instrumental praise songs, love songs and even a few Christmas and Patriotic songs thrown in the mix. This is a live recording and it is exciting and fun to listen to. 

It is refreshing to hear her and her family take notice of what her concert goers have said over the years and she strives to meet all of their suggestions, requests and recommendations in this new album. You can hear songs such as :

  • How Majestic is Thy Name
  • Once Upon a Dream
  • God Bless America
  • Carol of the Bells (one of my all time faves!) 
  • God Bless America 
  • And many more!
She has won many awards for her instrumental music and that includes the Instrumentalist of the Year.

Guest appearances on the album include Stan Whitmire, Tim Parton and her entire family. 

This CD is definitely one that is fun to listen to while you are working, relaxing at home or, if you're like me, you just want music playing in the background. It is fun listening to the stories she shares and how excited the audience is. It almost feels like you're right there in the audience with them. 

I suggest you check this CD out if you love to listen to music and instrumentals are your favorite. 

Family Christian Bookstore  has so graciously given me the opportunity to give a copy of this CD to you! How awesome! So be sure to enter the giveaway below and tell your friends about it too! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekly Review - The One With Great Weather and A Homemade Car...

It's finally Friday! Wahoo! Is it just me or has this week been kind of long? It's been a crazy wild up and down week but that's okay. ;-) God has taught me some lessons this week that maybe I'll share in another post. But for now, I'm going to share what awesomeness we did in school and out of school this week.

We worked on our multiplication tables again. We are still committing those to memory and working hard to figure them out. He has the concept and is catching on great. I never thought he was really a flash card kind of kid, but he is. He loves to do those so that is helping him to learn the tables.

He likes to get up and walk around while we are quizzing on these. I love that he can do that. Try that in a public school and you get in trouble for being disruptive ;). Here it's just his way of his mind working with his body.

We are reading aloud the first in the Shark Wars series. He's loving it and I'm kind of getting into it as well. We have book two waiting on us here from the library so we need to finish this one up and move on to the next one. What are you guys currently reading?

He had his last day of this months science class yesterday. He loved this one! It was Simple Machines and yesterday he came home with a car they made. It was constructed out of lids from bottles, straws, cereal box and a balloon. You blow up the balloon, put the car down and it goes on it's own. It's pretty neat!

Next month is weather so I'm excited to see what they will be doing.

We had some amazingly wonderful weather this week. It's been in the 50's when we get up and quite windy in the afternoon so it's still nice to hang out. So that's what we did. We busted out the sidewalk chalk.

He is becoming quite a good little artist. He soooo takes that after daddy. Not me in any way, shape, form or fashion.

We walked the trail at the park where his science class was. They have some really neat looking sculptures.

We hit the swings. I love to swing. Always have and I'm still waiting for my swing my hubby's going to build me here at the house. It's so relaxing and refreshing. 

We sat pondering our thoughts. Ok, maybe he was just sitting that way because I said hey! Let me take your picture on that bench :). It can't always be spontaneous, right?

And I brought out my sewing machine. I realized last weekend how much I'm in need of a hobby of some sort. I mean seriously. I don't have an outlet to put my spare time into or to relax with. I read but don't always have a good book around. I haven't really gotten into scrapbooking but the ladies at my church are encouraging me to. I need something that I can do to burn off stress, steam and just enjoy myself with. So I'm considering sewing projects. My mom is a quilter so this excites her to no end ;-) So we shall see. For now I'm sewing up these cute little bean bags for the trunk or treat I'm heading up at my church. 

Do you have a Mom hobby you can let yourself go with? What do you like to do for relaxation and destressifying (not sure if that's a word but it is today.)?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gravity Maze Game Review

Photo Credit : Purchase on Amazon
ThinkFun is amazing! I have shared some of our reviews of other ThinkFun products including the Shell Game and the Chocolate Fix.  Now enter the awesome Gravity Maze game by ThinkFun.

This is another fun and exciting product that is great for expanding your mind. If you like mazes and challenges, this is the game for you.

The game is all about getting the marble to run through the maze you constructed and getting it to the target tower. You can do this with the 60 different challenges they provide in the game, or you can construct your own as well.

My son absolutely loved this and played for the longest time when it arrived. He was having a blast building the mazes and seeing if his engineering and construction would produce his desired results. He is definitely a maze and building project lover so this was right up his alley.

The game comes with different towers of different colors and sizes, the game board and the challenge cards. You also receive the marbles to see if you got the challenge correct.

This game is rated for ages 8 and up. You can purchase this on Amazon for less than $30.00. I think this works great for family game night to see who can meet or beat the progressively harder challenges.

ThinkFun is all about having a great time while challenging your mind. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the games we have tried from them and this one is no different. So far this has been my son's favorite. If you have a child, or you yourself, that likes to build with LEGO's or loves to face challenges, this is the game for them. It would make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season as well!!!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pancake Sausage Mini Muffins With Homemade Sausage

You know those days when it gets to 4:30 in the afternoon and you start searching and searching for recipe inspiration? Yesterday was one of those days. I thought all day about what do I want to fix for dinner. I really get frustrated when I just can't think of anything I want. I want something that sounds awesome on Pinterest but alas, the ingredients require a trip to the store. And I don't wanna go. So... that's how this meal got created last night ;).

I was browsing Pinterest yesterday and saw the post for the Mini Pancake/Sausage muffins. I thought hey, that would be easy and something yummy. Guess what I didn't have in the freezer... Sausage. I had ground beef but no sausage. So that led me to more searching online and I found a sausage recipe at All Recipes and decided I'd try my hand at making sausage. So that's what I did ;). I took my favorite pancake recipe you can find by clicking here, and made my own sausage to go with it. So here ya go!

Homemade Sausage
1 Lb Ground Beef
1 TBS Brown Sugar
2 tsp Dried Sage
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Dried Basil
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Onion Powder
(optional) 1/8 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Mix the spices together in a bowl. Combine with the ground beef and mix together well. I used my hands so that the spices could really work into the meat. Some recipes I saw said to let this sit together overnight to allow the spices to mingle. I did not have that kind of time so I threw it in the skillet. I browned it and then added it to the pancake batter. I placed it in my muffin tin and cooked it for 13-15 minutes at 350. They turned out awesomely!!

I served them with syrup either on top or you could simply dip them. I also made scrambled eggs with some of the leftover sausage I had. 

As another side item, I tried out the cool hash brown recipe I saw here. These bad boys were awesome as well and I impressed my hubby ;). 

This simple meal can be for a larger brunch or try it out for your breakfast for dinner days. You simply use whatever pancake mix is your favorite. 

Do you make your own sausage? I'd love to hear your recipes too!

I'm linking up today with:

A Peek Into My Paradise
Hip Homeschool Moms

Monday, October 13, 2014

Leaf Hunting and Painting...

Fall is upon us. Now granted, fall for us is a little different than other places. Here we get glimpses of fall every few days or so. A couple of days in the lower 60's to 70's then back up to the 80's, maybe even 90's. This is how our fall in Florida works.

So when we get a few days like that, we love to try and do as much fally stuff as we can. Like go out and sit under the trees and enjoy this fabulous weather.

Or in the case of crafts, making something out of the many leaves that happen to fall off those trees.

While our leaves don't turn quite as brilliant shades of gold and red as others, we do get a few shots here and there of the beautiful trees.

I decided I wanted to add in more arts and crafts into our homeschool day. A lot of times I find us falling into a rut of just getting the basics done to get it over with. I hate when it gets that way and so does Boo Bear.

So we took a journey outside last week and decided to find us some leaves to paint with. It's a fairly simple but fun craft you can do with kids of all ages.

You'll need leaves, paint and sheets of paper you would like to use. We used basic construction paper and even added some glitter to it. Feel free to adorn your leaf paintings with whatever you wish.

We all went out for a walk last week and chose some favorite leaves to try this out with. Apparently leaf hunting was tough work for Molly. ;-)

Once we had our leaves we then sat down with our paint, paintbrushes and let our imagination go.

You want to paint the back of the leaf and then gently press it down on the paper. This should make the impression onto the paper of the leaf you chose.

While our's worked some, it didn't quite make it all the way as to what my vision was. :) When I saw this craft online I really thought ours would turn out the same. But that's the fun thing with crafts, right? You never know how they will actually turn out?

He decided to just paint in the outline of the leaf and add glitter to make it sparkle.

Please tell me I'm not the only one that crafts do this too. Right? It doesn't always work out like the pictures??? :-) HAHAHA! 

Our plan is to try many more fun and exciting projects and crafts and share them with you. Hopefully they work but if they don't, it's still fun trying!! 

What crafts do you like to do in the fall? Do you have a favorite? Share it with me so we can try them too!!

I'm linking up at:

My Joy-Filled Life


Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekly Review - Field Trip, Lunch and More

I'm sharing my week with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Homegrown Learners and Home to 4 Kiddos

This past week has been a blast. Full of ups, downs, ins and outs. The end of last week we had an awesome trip down to the Aquarium. It was homeschool day and the price was drastically reduced. I'll say this. While we did enjoy ourselves, I'm not sure I would want to go pay full price for it. We had a good time once we got in and could spread out a little. It was definitely a first for me. The homeschool days we have attended have been busy but not like this one was. Whew!!! 

We saw some "famous" fish while we were there ;). For some reason the Ninja Turtles were underwater and we saw one of Boo Bear's favorite underwater creatures. Sharks. 

You see them right? Nemo and Dori together??? Oh and I love the way that the ray's always look like they are smiling at ya :).

The first question my husband asked me when he saw this is why are there Lemur's at the aquarium... I couldn't answer him except to say there was a Madagascar section there. Weird huh ? 

The highlight of that day was definitely lunch with Nana ;)

Of course, my kiddo couldn't just smile for the camera. He has taken to making silly faces all the time now. I have to say, honey, be serious for just a second so I can get a smiling pic. :) This just shows his personality and I love it!

We are still struggling to get back into some sort of school routine. With his allergies/asthma on high alert, things are a little more difficult than usual. But I do believe towards the end of this week were getting better. I have full confidence next week will be even better. 

I do have to say that this year we went with Apologia Lapbooks by Knowledge Box Central. We have done Apologia Notebooks for two years prior to this. He is absolutely loving the lapbook. I am so proud of his work on it and how he jumps right in. Also this week I had him read his science pages. If you've been here before you know reading was a trial for us. I just wanted him to start reading a little more and he read it beautifully. I couldn't be more proud of him!

We also had a park day with our homeschool group and science class this week. Cub Scouts was Monday as well. Whew! 
I do have a couple questions this week ;). Do you have any favorite sites for multiplication practice? We are doing that right now in math. And how do you come back from a break? Does it take you three weeks to get back? Please tell me I'm not alone in this !!! :-) 

Hope you had a wonderful week and see you around!