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Heading out for the holiday weekend – What are YOUR plans?

 

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It’s the Fourth of July weekend. Can you believe it’s the Fourth of July already? It seems like only yesterday is was New Year’s Eve. Time flies way too quickly.

Normally we don’t make plans for the Fourth of July weekend. We don’t like to deal with traffic and most people we know go away for the holiday. We tend to just stay at home and watch the fireworks from a local minor league baseball stadium not far from our home.

This year we were invited to my cousin’s house in Pennsylvania for the holiday weekend. We were there not too long ago. They live on a lake. It’s beautiful there! We were looking forward to not only spending more time with our relatives, but also lounging by the lake and taking in the fresh air.

My cousin lives right on this beautiful lake.

My cousin lives right on this beautiful lake.

My cousin lives over three hours away. It’s a long road trip. Most of it is through the mountains and forests. Personally I enjoy the view but my kids get really board. They are not as keen about the beautiful sights as my husband and I are.

Instead of our kids listening to music on their iPhones for the entire trip, we were planning on letting them enjoy a fun, family movie instead.

Fox Home Entertainment sent my family a really fun and cute Home Road Trip party package, in honor of the release of the film Home. The hit animated film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 28, 2015. The film is currently available on digital download (you and purchase/download it here – http://www.foxdigitalhd.com/home).

Dreamworks Home

Our Home Road Trip party package included reusable water bottles (very important for long road trips), adorable Oh stress-ball like characters, earphones (a must have for listening to the movie and to music), bubbles, straws, fun light up headbands, an iPad Air (awesome!), a cover for the iPad and a code to download the film.

I love the little Oh character. He’s adorable!

We were going to let he kids watch the film on the iPad for part of the trip (the film is only about an hour and a half long, not including bonus features – the trip is 3 hours each way).

I have not seen the film yet. It looks super cute. I did cheat a bit and watch a snippet of it the other day but I stopped myself fro watching too much. I want to be able to watch the film from start to finish.

We were all set to go to Pennsylvania, but our plans had to change. Our neighbor who sometimes takes care of our dog for us had plans for the holiday weekend and won’t be around. Our other neighbor, who also helps with our dog from time to time, also has plans. We have no one who can walk our dog and feed our pets for us while we are gone. We can’t take the dog with us because he gets car sick.

Home Party Package includes water bottles, branded straws, bubbles, ear buds, iPad cover, light up head bands and cute little Oh figures.

Home Party Package includes water bottles, branded straws, bubbles, ear buds, iPad cover, light up head bands and cute little Oh figures.

Sadly we can’t go to the Pennsylvania for the holiday.

We’ve spent all day going back and forth with a new “game plan.” The weather might be “iffy” tomorrow (it might rain) so we’re not sure if we want to attempt going down to the New Jersey shore to the beach, or deal with the traffic and insane crowds and head down to New York City to watch the Fireworks. Right now it looks like we’re going to take a chance and drive down to the New Jersey Shore for the day. Our favorite beach is about an hour and forty five minutes each way (not including traffic). We’re “guesstimating” the trip will be at least two hours each way – enough time to enjoy Home.

I couldn't help but take a sneak peek of the film.

I couldn’t help but take a sneak peek of the film.

I’ll be tweeting about our trip tomorrow (Forth of July) as well as sharing photos on Instagram. Follow me on Twitter (@She_Scribes) and on Instagram (SheScribes) as I share my Home Road Trip with my family. In addition check out the hashtag #HomeRoadTrip to see what other bloggers are doing this holiday weekend.

I’ll also be sharing our holiday weekend and review of Home in another post next week.

Have you seen the film Home? What did you think about it? Who is your favorite character?

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? Are you going on a road trip?

How do you entertain your family on long road trips? Feel free to share your suggestions.

Below is the film’s trailer. PLEASE NOTE the film is now available on Digital Download and will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 28, 2015.

 

Kimberly

*I received free products (mentioned above) in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Yummy Forth of July Snack Recipe

 

Forth of July Snack Recipe

Can you believe that it’s almost the Forth of July? Seriously… time is flying way too quickly. Wasn’t it JUST Valentines Day? Sigh…

One of our local grocery stores has already started to stack the shelves with Back-to-School supplies. Ugh! Our daughter just graduated high school this past Friday. I don’t want to think about Back-to-School time for at least another eight weeks.

Anyway…

Are you planning on hosting (or attending) a Forth of July party? If so, check out this easy to make recipe to show off you Patriotic spirit. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual chips and dips available at most parties. Plus it’s made from better for you snack options.

This recipe is from Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty and Rickland Orchards.

Here is what you’ll need to create this festive treat

  • 1 package of Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty
  • 1 package of Rickland Orchards Greek Covered Almonds
  • 1 package of your choice of a blue candy/nut (M&Ms, jelly beans… what ever you can find).

Mix all the ingredients together and serve in Patriotic bowls.

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That’s it! How easy is that to make. It’s something your children could easily whip up while you are busy focusing on other foods for your party.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, this recipe is made with better for you snack options.

Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty: 

  • Baked rice & corn puff
  • 0g of Trans Fats
  • Cholesterol and Certified Gluten Free
  • Peanut and tree nut Free
  • No Artificial Colors, Flavors or Preservatives
  • Made with Real Fruit

Rickland Orchards White Almonds:

  • Dry roasted almonds covered in a Greek yogurt coating
  • Two times more protein and fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt
  • Trans Fats and Cholesterol Free

When looking for something “blue” try and find something better for you like the Pirate’s Booty and Rickland Orchards White Almonds. Maybe you can find a blue coated nuts? For this recipe we used blue chocolate candies.

If you are looking for more great snack options for your holiday party, backyard barbecues, camping or picnics be sure to try out other Pirate’s Booty products. My family is a huge fan of Pirate’s Booty. They are a great anytime snack.

I just recently learned about Rickland Orchards. They have a lot of yummy Greek yogurt products that I am interested in trying out. Their Greek On The Go snacks look and sound so good.

For more information about Pirates Booty please visit PiratesBrand.com. And for information about Rickland Orchards visit RicklandOrchards.com. Both brands can be found on social media. All links are found on their website.

What do you think about this recipe? Would you be interested in trying it out for yourself? What would you choose for the “blue” color?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

Pirates Booty Rickland Orchard Recipe

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Great gift ideas from Logitech for Father’s Day (giveaway ends 6/28/15)

 

My husband and children at Disney World.

My husband and children at Disney World.

Father’s Day is fast approaching – have you found the perfect Father’s Day gift for that special man in your life?

I always have a hard time finding a great gift for Father’s Day. It seems that moms are easier to buy for for Mother’s Day than dads are for Father’s Day. Do you find that you have the same problem?

Even though my husband is not my father, he IS the father of my children. Until my kids have jobs and can afford their own gifts I help them out to get my husband the perfect Father’s Day gift from my kids.

My husband is computer tech by trade. He enjoys “techie” things. He also enjoys doing fun and different things – such as going on an adventure. There are plenty of times where we’d just hop in the car with no destination in mind just to see where fate takes us. Usually it’s to a state or local park. That is fine with us since we enjoy the outdoors.

Does your father or that special man in your life enjoy the outdoors and going on adventures? If so I have some great gift suggestions for your. They are all from Logitech.

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Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker

For dad’s who enjoy being outdoors such as barbecuing in the backyard, hanging out by the pool or taking care of his car, a wireless speaker is an awesome idea.

The Logitech X100 Mobile Wireless Speaker is small and compact. It can easily be tucked inside a pocket, backpack or a gym bag. It even come with a little cord that you can use to hang it up.

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The speaker connects wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet allowing you to stream music or answer phone calls.

Set up is easy – even a “technologically challenged” person like myself can easily set it up.

It may be small but it “packs a punch.” The sound quality is amazing. I’m impressed. It even provides you with five hours of play time which is a decent amount of time compared to other wireless speakers which provide you with much less time.

My husband enjoys taking these speakers with him where ever he goes, whether it’s the office or just lounging around by our condo complex’s pool.

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Logitech Keys-to-Go (for iOS, Android or Windows)

I love this keyboard! It’s perfect for people (like me) who have a hard time typing quickly and accurately on a teeny, tiny keyboard (like the one on your smartphone).

The keyboard is thin and lightweight. You an tuck it into a tote bag, backpack, luggage or even carry it along with your tablet.

The keyboard connects to your tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth allowing you to type away on a bigger keyboard. It’s also more comfortable than trying to tab away on an itty bitty tablet keyboard.

When I travel I don’t like to bring my laptop with me. If anything happened to it I would be lost. I prefer to take my tablet because it’s lighter and takes up less room in my luggage. The only problem is that I can’t type too well on the tablet keyboard (on the tablet it’s self). I like the idea of using a separate keyboard that has more of a normal keyboard size and spacing. This is PERFECT for traveling.

If your special man travels a lot or enjoys using his tablet outside, this would be a great gift for him.

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Logitech AnyAngle

Does your father, grandfather or husband enjoy watching things on his tablet, such as Netflix or Hulu?

Sometimes it’s easier to prop up your tablet to watch a movie or television show instead of holding it in your hands, especially if you have other things to do.

The Logitech AnyAngle is a must have for those who enjoy watching things on their tablet. The AnyAngle case allows you to set up your device at the perfect viewing position for hands free viewing.

There are even hidden magnets that help to keep the stand secure allowing you to pick up and move your iPad without disrupting your viewing angle.

Here is the keyboard and AnyAngle in action. Please excuse the faux iPad. I have NO CLUE where mine is. My teens have it and it’s most likely under their bed or some place else where it shouldn’t be.

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Check out this great video showing the Logitech AnyAngle in action.

 

If you would like to learn more about these Logitech products please visit Logitech.com. They have many other great gift ideas for Dad.

You can also find the brand on social media including Facebook and Twitter.

Logitech is also hosting a social contest on its Facebook page to celebrate five different types of dads – the living room king, the hardworking professional, the gamer, the trendsetter, and the adventurous and outdoorsy. Anyone who votes for the photo that best represents his/her dad will be entered to win a Father’s Day prize pack to gift their dad this year. I’ve seen the prize packages. They are awesome! I hope you’ll enter.

Logitech has generously offered to give a lucky reader a special Adventurous/Outdoorsy Dad prize package. Thank you Logitech!

The prize package includes the following products;

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 28, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which Logitech product in this prize package you are most excited about?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received the same prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Celebrate National Donut Day (June 5th) with Entenmann’s (giveaway ends 6/5/15)

 

National Donut Day

Did you know that June 5, 2015 is National Donut Day? It’s true! I even saw a sign at a favorite local coffee shop that they are giving away a free donut on June 5th with the purchase of a beverage. Free donuts? That sounds good to me.

Another more well known holiday, the Fourth of July, is also around the corner. This year Entenmann’s is going to help consumers celebrate with their new Rich Frosted Patriotic Donut Eight Pack. The new Rich Frosted Patriotic Donut combines the iconic and best-selling Rich Frosted Donut with red star sprinkles for the yummy holiday. What a tasty way to celebrate not only National Donut Day but also the Fourth of July.

“Our new Patriotic Donut combines the classic fan favorite of our Rich Frosted Donut with an American flare that we know will bring out the red, white and blue in consumers nationwide,” said Entenmann’s Head Baker Kathleen Robbins.

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The Rich Frosted Donut has been the #1 seller since its introduction in 1973.

Entenmann’s produces a wide variety of delicious donuts, donut holes and mini donuts every year with a variety sure to please every taste bud in the house.  Varieties include the #1 seller Rich Frosted, Crumb Topped, Devil’s Food, Sprinkled, Powdered, Glazed, Plain, and Seasonal flavors such as Lemon, Pumpkin and Cider.

Entenmann’s is also hosting a Facebook Sweepstakes in honor of National Donut Day. They are offering consumers a delightful variety of yummy prizes including FREE donuts for a year. In addition, Entenmann’s will be donating $1.00 to The Salvation Army for each sweepstakes entry received curing the campaign – up to a whopping $30,000!

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The Entenmann’s “National Donut Day Free Donuts for a Year” Sweepstakes will be printed on-package for the Rich Frosted Patriotic Donuts as well as Entenmann’s Rich Frosted and Crumb Donuts Eight Packs.

The Salvation Army is celebrating their 150th anniversary. WOW! That is a long time. Happy 150th Anniversary Salvation Army!

We’re honored to be partnering with The Salvation Army for half a decade, and proud to be a part of their efforts to continue helping families around the world, including our veterans and military men and women, by raising funds through our National Donut Day campaign,” said Maureen Sticco, Director of Entenmann’s Marketing Services.

“As The Army celebrates its 150th global anniversary, we are grateful for loyal partners, like Entenmann’s, who have proven to be exceptional in their efforts to support our mission of goodwill. We look forward to making the 2015 National Donut Day an unforgettable occasion,” said Colonel Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army.

Here is a little known fact that I found very surprising – The Salvation Army established National Donut Day in 1938 to honor the “Donut Lassies” who served the treats to the soldiers during World War I.  That is very interesting. I never knew that.  The “donut lassies” were female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.

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Here are some more interesting facts;

With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets. Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers, in France, starting in 1917 during WWI.

Now in its 150th anniversary year, The Salvation Army is located in more than 120 countries worldwide. In 2014, nearly 30 million Americans received assistance from The Salvation Army’s over 3,500 officers, 60,700 employees and 3.5 million volunteers.

I like that the sweepstakes not only awards great prizes but is also supporting a great cause. I also didn’t know that this is the fifth year of their partnership (Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army).

With this sweeps Entenmann’s will be awarding lucky fans with “Free Donuts for a Year” as well as other prizes through the sweepstakes link on the Entenmann’s Facebook page. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 3, 2015.  Winners will be randomly selected from all submissions.  Official Rules can be found at www.Entenmanns.com.  No purchase necessary.

Consumers can learn more about the Sweeps and see the official rules by going to Entenmann’s Facebook page here.

For more information on National Donut Day 2015, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or The Salvation Army Facebook page.

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To help get you excited about National Donut Day, Entenmann’s would like to give a lucky reader a cute little Entenmann’s tote bag and FIVE (5) coupons for FREE Entenmann’s products. Thank you Entenmann’s!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 5, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite type of doughnut is?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received the same prize package free in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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Show off your American pride with fun fashions from Tipsy Elves

 

Tipsy Elves Memorial Day

Photo Source: Tipsy Elves Facebook Page

I like the series Shark Tank. My husband and I watch it every Friday night. I even watch the episodes that are in syndication a few nights a week (off hand I can’t remember which channel that is).

I think it’s really cool when I see the products pitched on Shark Tank available for purchase in stores and/or online. With the syndicated episodes I sometimes see products that have been available for a long time. Its fun to find out that they started off on Shark Tank. I love success stories.

One Shark Tank success is Tipsy Elves. This is one of those success stories where I knew about the brand BEFORE I saw the episode on Shark Tank.

Tipsy Elves makes Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Ugly Christmas Sweaters are all the rage during the holiday season. People even have Ugly Christmas Sweater parties. I haven’t been invited to one but if/when I am I know I’m going to head over to Tipsy Elves and find the perfect Ugly Sweater.

I did a post about Ugly Christmas Sweaters years ago. Here are my kids fooling around in their sweaters (notice my husband’s head photo bombing the photo to the right – LOL).

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Tipsy Elves have some really funny sweaters (the ones my kids wore above are NOT from Tipsy Elves). Some of their sweaters are really funny (and ugly!).

Ugly Sweaters

I actually think the Elf sweater dress is cute.I’d wear that if I had the figure for it.

The cat sweater with the pom poms cracks me up. My cats would go crazy for that one.

When you think “Tipsy Elves” you most likely think of drunk Christmas Elves, but did you know Tipsy Elves carries products for other holidays, not just Christmas? Tipsy Elves has products for St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, collegiate products and even ones for this Memorial Day weekend and the upcoming Forth of July holiday?

Tipsy Elves was kind enough to send my family an assortment of Patriotic products to show off our American pride.

Sadly, Tipsy Elves didn’t have any clothing in my size, but I am able to enjoy these really cool socks.

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Socks

They sent my daughter a cool pair of Patriotic pants. I had hoped they would fit her but they don’t. It’s OK though. I have a relative who I can give them to and I know she can fit them (my daughter is too short for these and they were a little snug in the hips).

American Flag Pants

These pants would go PERFECT with a solid colored tee shirt (red, white or blue) or a solid colored tank top. I think anything with a pattern or design would be overkill.

You might think these are “disposible” type pants, meaning you wear them for the holiday or an event and then never wear them again. That is not the case at all. These are very well made. You can wear these many times. They appear to be very comfy (based on how the material feels). My daughter said they were comfortable for the most part (they just didn’t fit her too well – she’s short but a bit “hippy”).

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My son received a fun pair of American Flag USA shorts. He LOVES these. He says these are really comfy and roomy. They are also lightweight which is great for a hot summer day.

These are not swim trunks. They are actually shorts you can wear to a backyard barbecue or simply enjoying the lazy days of summer by the pool or at the beach. These are “every day wear” shorts. Not just special occasion shorts.

My son actually puts these on when he gets home from school. He likes lounging around in them.

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For my hubby, Tipsy Elves sent him USA Tee Shirt. It’s a simple, no frills design, but that is fine because my hubby is not one to wear something that would stand out too much. This is a great shirt to wear year round to show off your American pride.

The tee shirt is soft, comfortable and wears well.

My son was in a “mood” when I was taking photos (you’ve got to love teenagers) so my husband stepped in to model both the shorts and the tee shirt.

Sorry about the photo and for the shirt/shorts being a bit wrinkled.

Sorry about the photo and for the shirt/shorts being a bit wrinkled.

As of this moment in time we don’t have plans for Memorial Day (we were hoping to go to one party but they had to cancel due to family reasons). Darn. We were looking forward to barbecued burgers and hot dogs. It’s not Memorial Day without a barbecue. We were also planning on wearing our fun clothing from Tipsy Elves. Hopefully we get another invite over the weekend. If not, it’s OK. The Fourth of July is fast approaching. We can wear this clothing on that day too (as well as all summer long).

If you would like to see what other fun things Tipsy Elves has to offer (fanny packs, socks, hats, “onesies,” scarves and even wine sweaters), visit www.TipsyElves.com. You can also find them on all the social media channels (all the links are found on the bottom right of their website).

What do you think about the fun clothing from Tipsy Elves? Would you like to show off your American pride in unique and colorful clothing? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Spice up Memorial Weekend (and summer time!) with Sir Kensington

 

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Memorial Weekend is THIS coming weekend, can you believe it? It’s the unofficial start of summer. I have the laugh because we just started to see spring like weather, let alone summer weather. That is OK with me. I cannot stand heat and humidity. Blah!

This weekend also kicks off summer barbecue season. Now that is something I can look forward to. Grilled barbecue chicken, grilled veggies, burgers, hot dogs… yum!

When it comes to backyard barbecues and parties you certainly need some condiments to spice things up a bit. I’m not talking about actually spicy condiments but rather ones that are very flavorful.

Have you ever heard of Sir Kensington’s? They are a premier producer of a complete line of all-natural condiments including ones that actually are spicy/hot (Sriracha Mayo!).

Check out some of Sir Kensington’s products that are sure to add flavor to all your barbecue (and picnic) foods.

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Chipotle Mayonnaise

Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayonnaise brings a New-World intensity to an Old-World classic. With a rich, smoky combination of chipotle peppers in adobo and notes of cumin, garlic, and tomato, it’s the perfect accompaniment to fish tacos, grilled corn, and anything that lies between two slices of bread. 

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Classic Mayonnaise

Sir Kensington’s Classic Mayonnaise is prepared after the French tradition with cage-free eggs, smooth sunflower oil, and bright hints of citrus. Silky and versatile, it’s an elegant offering suited for dipping, spreading, and a multitude of as-yet undiscovered applications.

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Sriracha Mayonnaise

Sir Kensington’s Sriracha Mayonnaise is here to spice things up. Featuring the same delicious base as our Classic variety with a twist of that beloved Sriracha heat, it’s the perfect accompaniment to fish tacos, grilled corn, and anything that lies between two slices of bread.

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Dijon Mustard

An homage to a French classic, Sir Kensington’s Dijon proves rich and potent, with pleasing heat and balanced acidity.  Finely milled for a creamy texture, the density of flavor is mellowed with Chablis.

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Spicy Brown Mustard

This stone ground, European style deli mustard offers a rugged sweetness coupled with an approachable tangy heat.  This recipe features a combined blend of brown and yellow mustard seeds, balanced with a touch of Vermont maple syrup.

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Spiced Ketchup

Looking for a bit more heat? Sir Kensington’s Spiced Ketchup features chipotle peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and hint of coriander. Spicy enough to amuse the taste buds, it packs a pleasing punch without sinking the ship.

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Classic Ketchup

Ketchup, only more so, Sir Kensington’s Classic Ketchup boasts whole crushed tomatoes, raw sugar, and lime juice. Vinegar and spices imbue a deep tang and a peppery richness without overcomplicating this well known staple. This is our magnum opus of sauce; a classic reborn with perfect balance of sweet and savory.

I love mayo and I love ketchup. We tend to stick with the same brands. We notice that a lot of our friends and family do too. Why not mix it up a bit and offer your guests something different like Sir Kensington’s condiments?

For more information visit SirKensingtons.com. You can also find the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – under the name SirKensingtons.

Sir Kensington’s products are available at retail locations including Whole Foods, Safeway, Stop & Shop, Fairway Market and more.

Have you ever tried Sir Kensington’s products before? Do you have a favorite?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted.

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