Happy National Pancake Day!


Happy National Pancake Day! Did you celebrate with pancakes this morning?

My family and I love pancakes. I try to make them as often as I can, but it is not always easy on busy week day morning. That is why I love the pancake mixes from Krusteaz. Krusteaz offers a variety of products as simple mixes where you only need to add a few simple ingredients (such as water). Krusteaz does most of the work for you. As someone who is horrible at baking, I appreciate Krusteaz mixes. My personal favorites are Gingerbread Cookies and Italian Herb Bread mixes. I have been a fan of the Krusteaz brand for many years.

Krusteaz has pre-made pancakes mixes that are so simple to use that you can make pancakes on a busy morning quickly and easily. Their pancake varieties include Buttermilk, Blueberry, Honey Wheat, Chocolate Chip and even Pumpkin Spice. Yumm!!!

A pancake topped with Nutella and pecans that I made for breakfast one morning. Yummy!

I was challenged by Krusteaz and T-Fal (more on them later) to create a pancake recipe – or design some creative pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.

I have seen on Pinterest and around the internet where people can turn pancakes into a variety of artful designs including people, places and popular television characters. I wish I was that creative.

I had the idea of creating a heart shaped pancake tinted red, made with strawberries and drizzles with Nutella on top. Our local pizza place makes a pizza dessert out of strawberries and Nutella which is out of this world. I thought it would be fun to create a pancake made from strawberries and Nutella. Since February is the month of “love” (Valentine’s Day) I thought making a heart shaped pancake would be fun.

Well… I always have great intentions… but I can’t always execute them the way I envisioned them.

I was sent two boxes of Krusteaz pancake mixes to help with my recipe. I received Buttermilk and Blueberry. I opted to use the Buttermilk for this recipe since I didn’t want the blueberries to take away from the strawberries.

For this recipe I purchased red food coloring gel to tint the pancake mix and strawberries that I washed and cut up into little chunks.

I prepared the pancake mix as directed on the package. I then removed some of the pancake mix and place it in a measuring cup where I tinted the mix red (although it turned out more pink than red). I then poured the tinted mix into a squeeze bottle.

When I see creative pancakes on the Internet they always use squeeze bottles, so I made sure to purchase one for this recipe. Sadly, the opening was a bit bigger than I thought and I had a hard time controlling the batter. As a result my heart looks a bit sloppy.

I also added the chopped up strawberries into the remaining pancake mix. Had I used the blueberry mix the blueberries and their blue/purple color would have interfered with the red color I was going for.

Initially I was going to do the entire pancake tinted red, but I thought that might be “overkill,” so I opted to make the shape of the heart in red (outline) and fill the middle with the regular, un-tinted batter. In theory it would have looked cool. My reality is that it didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. But I should at least get an “A” for effort. LOL!

To top off the pancake I wanted to drizzle some Nutella across the top. You know, like the chocolate drizzle you see on top of fancy desserts.

I guess I needed to add something to the Nutella. I warmed it up in the microwave in hopes it would get a liquid consistency, making it easy to drizzle. That never happened. When I tried to drizzle it the Nutella just came out in clumps, so I had to resort to “Plan B” (I didn’t really had a Plan B, so I had to come up with something quickly). Instead of a  drizzle I just covered the inside of the heart with Nutella.

Here is my final result.

So it didn’t turn out as pretty as I had hoped, but it was as delicious as I knew it could be. I consider the recipe a success, even if the end result wasn’t the same.

Best of all this was so easy to make. I simply measured out the pancake mix for the amount of pancakes I wanted, added water, mixed in some strawberries and topped it off with Nutella. With Krusteaz mixes you can whip up delicious pancakes like this too.

In case you didn’t notice, I made my pancake creation on a T-fal Initiatives Non-Stick Fry Pan. The T-fal Initiatives Non-Stick Fry Pan has a unique heat indicator (in the center of the pan) that shows you when the pan is ready to seal in flavor and prevents burning.

I have several T-fal pans. I have never had any issues with any of them, that is why they are my “go to” pans for cooking.

T-fal pans;

  • Provides an optimal, high-performance cooking experience for the expert cook
  • Features T-fal’s patented ThermospotTM technology
  • Soft handles provide a secure grip with a luxe feel
  • Non-stick inside and out for easy cooking and cleaning

Notice T-fal’s patented ThermospotTM technology spot in the middle.

I especially love the non-stick feature. I don’t want to have to add any butter or grease to the pan because it only adds more fat and calories to the dish I am creating. I also enjoy non-stop pans because they make cleaning quick and easy. Who wants to scrub pans? No me! Most especially on a busy weekday morning (or evening too for that matter).

If you are in the market for some new pans, Target is offering 15% off on select T-fal non-stick cookware at Target stores as as as online at Target.com from Feb 27th – March 3rd. You won’t want to miss out on this great discount.

For more information about T-fal visit T-FalUSA.com. You can also check out the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To learn more about Krustez you can visit them online at Krusteaz.com. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Krusteaz and T-Fal would love to see YOUR pancake creations. Share your photos on social media, tag the brands and be sure to use the hashtags #MyPancakeStyle and #TfalxPancakeDay. I would to see your creative creations too.


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

Enter the Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest for your chance to win $4,000 in prizes (giveaway ends 11/20/16)


Sunday roast - Thanksgiving turkey dinner

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you planning on traveling to a relatives house for the holiday? Are you hosting dinner at your house?

Thankgiving was always a big deal for both me and my husband. Even when we were younger (long before we even met), Thanksgiving was always an important family event. We both have fond memories of sitting at the “kid’s table.” In fact, we were almost 30 years old and ended up at the kid’s table with my husband’s family on Thanksgiving. He’s the youngest of six, and all of his siblings were married. There was no room at the table for us, so we ended up sitting with our kids and all of our nieces and nephews.

Sadly, Thanksgivings haven’t been the same since both my mom and my mother in law passed away. Our home is too small to host everyone, and our siblings have gone on to celebrate Thanksgiving with their in-laws. Even my father and stepmother are not around. They spend the holiday in Indiana with my stepbrother and stepsister.

For the past several years our Thanksgivings consist of me, my husband and our two children. Even that has been changing. Our daughter had to work on Thanksgiving last year and she has to work Thanksgiving again this year. She doesn’t mind, per say. She gets holiday pay. But it does mess up our normal Thanksgiving routine.

There is a new type of Thanksgiving that is quickly gaining popularity. We might just have to look into it for ourselves. It’s call “Friendsgiving.” Have you heard of it?

Friendsgiving, the alter-ego to Thanksgiving and the holiday undoubtedly supported by millennials, continues to grow in popularity as it adds a new spin on the traditional celebration. For many, Friendsgiving is becoming the social event that cannot be missed. Millennials are breaking the mold by transforming sit-downs into potlucks, roasted turkey into turkey meatballs and mom’s cranberries into sophisticated cranberry cocktails.

Interesting… spending the holiday with friends instead of family. I like that idea, especially since we have no family around anymore to celebrate with.

Although I do like to stict with more traditional things, I do like the idea of mixing it up a bit and trying new things.

In honor Friendsgiving, the Cranberry Marketing Committee is launching its second annual Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest, giving entrants a chance to win $4,000 in prizes for the best cranberry dishes, drinks and décor. Simply post a photo of your cranberry creation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest with #FriendsgivingCranberryContest and then upload it at CranberryFriendsgiving.com to enter.

The holiday is not the same without cranberries. From stuffing to sauce – they are a must have on any holiday table.

Cranberries are easy to use in sweet or savory dishes, and are a bold and bright addition to tablescapes, making them the perfect festive fall fruit for any Friendsgiving (or traditional Thanksgiving) celebration.

I LOVE cranberries. I enjoy them year round (not just for the holidays). They are versitle and you can make a lot with them. One of my favorite ways to enjoy cranberries is homemade cranberry sauce.



It’s so easy to make.

Cranberry Sauce

  • 2 8-oz packages of cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • Juice and zest from 1 orange
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick 


Place all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens – about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.

You could even add ¼ cup of Brandy to give it a bit of a flavor kick too.

You can even make Cranberry Salsa. There are several recipes on the internet. I’ve tried a few, each one making it taste a bit different (but yummy none the less).


One of my most favorite ways to enjoy cranberries is Party Meatballs using canned cranberries. These are so good that I make them every chance I get.

The Ultimate Party Meatballs


  • 1 package of Classic Italian Meatballs
  • 1 can of Ocean Spray® cranberry sauce (or another brand)
  • 1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce

In a large pan heat up the cranberry sauce and chili sauce. I find it easier to “melt” the cranberry sauce if you cut it up in small chunks.

Once melted toss in the meatballs and cook until the meatballs are heated.

It’s THAT easy!

It sounds kind of weird combining cranberry sauce with meat, but they go so well together. Mmm… now I’m craving them!


There are so many ways to enjoy cranberries.

If you are planning on hosting a Friendsgiving this year (or even a traditional Thanksgiving), check out the great variety of inspirational party resources at CranberryFriendsgiving.com. There you will find…

I received some cranberry products to enjoy and to make recipes with (appetizers, desserts, sides, cocktails…).



The bag was getting moist from a pot of boiling water on the stove next to it.

In addition to the package of cranberries I also received cranberry juice cocktail, jellied cranberry sauce, a measuring cup and a cocktail shaker.

Mmm… I love cranberries!

Don’t forget to enter the Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest too for your chance to win great prizes.

I can give a lucky reader the same prize package. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on November 20, 2016. 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 is your favorite way to enjoy cranberries. If you could share the recipe (or directions if it’s a craft) that would be great too.

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

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with IMUSA and Goya (Giveaway ends 10/22/16)



Did you know that October is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Personally, I am not of Hispanic decent, nor is my husband, however we have several Hispanic relatives and many friends of Hispanic decent.

We enjoy Hispanic cooking, especially things like Chimichurri, Fajitas, Gazpacho, Tamales and Empanadas. In fact, our daughter learned to make Empanadas while in middle school and still makes them from time to time.

Admittedly I don’t normally cook Hispanic foods except fajitas, tacos, and occasionally I help my daughter make the empanadas.

Goya and IMUSA were kind enough to send me some wonderful products to help me try out a new recipe (or two) in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. I have several IMUSA products which I love and use often. I also use products made by Goya, so I am very familiar with the brand.

My kids LOVE Chickpeas. They have been snacking on them since they were in elementary school. The brand of Chickpeas I buy for my kids has always been Goya.

I have written about IMUSA products in the past. In case you are unfamiliar with the brand, IMUSA is a leading ethnic housewares brand with deep roots in Latin America and the United States, offering hundreds of affordable housewares products including gadgets, cookware, appliances, cleaning, food storage, espresso, and ethnic specialty items. If you do a search on my site for IMUSA you can see the posts I have written about their products.

IMUSA was kind enough to send me the following products to assist me in trying out some new recipes with a Hispanic flair.


The IMUSA Ceramic Caldero brings an eco-friendly and colorful twist on this staple cookware piece made for cooking a wide variety of dishes including rice and beans, braised meats, stews and soups. Coated with a nonstick ceramic glaze, the IMUSA Ceramic Caldero provides a non-toxic cooking experience free of chemicals, including PFOA, PTFE and cadmium. It is available in two sizes (24 cm and 30cm) and with two different types of lids (glass or silicone rimmed).

I love this “pot/pan” (for lack of a better description). I have used it many times since I’ve received it. It’s great for cooking a variety of meals. It’s a beautiful piece of cookware. I love the red and white coloring. It’s not often you find non-stick cookware with a clean, white surface.

The only thing I am not fond of is that there is nothing coating the handles. If you use this pan you’ll need to wear oven mitts if you need to pick it up.


The IMUSA Bamboo Spider Skimmer is perfect to use when frying due to the stay-cool bamboo handle. This tool is perfect for lifting dumplings, wontons, and tempura from your wok! The unique design drains liquid quickly from your food after frying for better cooking results.

This is a very unique piece of kitchen equipment. I like that is resembles a spider web (it’s very fitting for Halloween). I have used this a few times to remove things from liquid, such as chicken, noodles and vegetables from homemade chicken noodle soup.


The IMUSA Bamboo Mortar & Pestle is perfect for crushing fresh herbs and spices. Cooking with fresh herbs provides a much richer flavor when compared to dried herbs.

I haven’t really used this as of yet, but my husband did use it to crush up our cat’s pills. LOL! I guess it can be used for that reason too, but the REAL way to use this is with herbs. I was going to try and use this to mash up garlic to make a garlic paste.


The IMUSA Tostonera is made from bamboo, ideal for making perfectly pressed tostones (or ‘patacones’) with just the right thickness and shape.  The tostonera is an essential tool in the Latin kitchen.  Tostones are crispy fried plantains, very popular in Hispanic cuisine as side dishes and appetizers.  The IMUSA tostonera easily flattens sliced plantains and prepares them to be fried.

I haven’t tried this as of yet. It’s not a piece of equipment that I would normally have a need for in my kitchen. I’m sure I can find some purpose for it.


The IMUSA Lemon & Lime Squeezer is a handy tool that makes extracting citrus juice a breeze.  Simply press down to squeeze and extract juice while pulps and seeds are being separated. The stylish hand-held press has an ergonomic design for comfort, and the yellow or green exterior finishes add just the right amount of color to the bar or kitchen.  The squeezer juices lemon or limes quickly, with no mess.

I have one of these and they work GREAT! It makes getting the juice out of lemons and limes so much easier (and less messy) than trying to squeeze the juice out by hand. I use this to put juice on seafood and fish as well as with recipes that require fresh lemon juice.


The IMUSA bean and potato masher with wood handle is a great addition to your kitchen tool set. Whether you like ‘whipped’ or ‘mashed’ potato you can create just the perfect texture with this tool. The small holes allows you to quickly mash without leaving any lumps. Simply put some elbow grease and mash away!

I love this! I love to make homemade mashed potatoes, but I never picked up a masher. This is my first potato masher. I’ve only used it once so far but I know I’ll be making A LOT of mashed potatoes for the upcoming holidays. This is really easy to use and it reminds me of one my mom used to have.


Easily tear into tins with this can opener by IMUSA. With ergonomic nylon handles and a stainless steel blade, this durable can opener is made to last.

Every home MUST have a non-electric can opener. This is great to have in case of emergencies and/or power outages. It’s easy to use.

In addition to the great IMUSA products, I also received some Goya products to try out and/or use in whatever recipe/recipes I wanted to create for Hispanic Heritage Month.


Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages and distributes over 2,200 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table.

I haven’t really cooked Quinoa yet, but I hear it’s very good for you.

The can of Chickpeas is the very same one I purchase for my kids often.

I want to try the Coconut Milk. I didn’t come up with a recipe I wanted to try with it (yet) but I am looking forward to it.

Other products I received from Goya include Olive Oil, Tomato Sauce, Black Beans and Olives.

I did a search to find a recipe I knew my family would enjoy to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The recipe I created actually came from the Goya website. Chick Pea and Chorizo Soup with White Rice, however I “tweaked” the recipe a bit taking my family’s preferences in mind.

Here is the recipe from the Goya website.


Chick Pea and Chorizo Soup with White Rice


2 tbsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 package (7 oz.) or 4 GOYA® Chorizos, cut into ¼-inch slices

1 can (8 oz.) GOYA® Low Sodium Tomato Sauce

1 small Onion minced

1 packet GOYA® Sazon without Annatto

2 cans (15.5 oz. each) GOYA® Low Sodium Chick Peas, drained and rinsed

2 ½ cups water

1 packet GOYA® Powdered Chicken Bouillon

1 tsp. GOYA® Adobo Light with Pepper or to taste

2 cups of Canilla Rice Extra Long Grain


I used the IMUSA Bamboo Spider Skimmer to stir the soup and take out “samples” to see how it was cooking.


1. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, Chorizo, Tomato Sauce and Sazón and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
2. Add Chick Peas, water and Bouillon and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until it reaches desired consistency. Season with Adobo.
3. To cook the Rice, follow the direction on bag.

Instead of Chorizos I used roasted chicken. I couldn’t find Choirzos in the store, and I know how much my family loves chicken, so I swapped out the Chorizos for a cup of shredded roasted chicken.

I used freeze dried garlic instead of fresh garlic (only because I forgot to pick garlic up when I went food shopping) and I used long grain wild rice.

The recipe didn’t recommend what to do with the rice, so I just put the rice into the soup. In hinesight that wasn’t a good idea. I should have spooned in the rice when serving it to my family. Putting the rice in with the soup made the left over soup dry because the rice absorbed all the water. To remedy that I just added a little water to the soup when I was reheating it.

The recipe turned out GREAT! Even my husband, who is a picky eater and not a fan of chickpeas, enjoyed it. My faily loved it so much that they want me to make it again.


This photo is a little "foggy" from the steam coming from the soup.

This photo is a little “foggy” from the steam coming from the soup.

This is a great soup to make for a chilly winter night. It’s also very filling. Pair this with a side salad and you have a great family meal.

It was also quick and easy to make. I had it on the table in about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Since I have a lot of the ingredients stocked in my pantry (rice, chickpeas, bouillon, garlic…), I could whip this up any day of the week.

For more recipes like this visit the Goya website, Goya.com. There you can find a great variety of recipes as well as product information and money saving offers. Links to the brand’s social media sites can also be found on the website (look at the top right corner).

For information about IMUSA please visit IMUSAUSA.com. The brand is also on social media. All of their links are also found on their website.



IMUSA and GOYA would like to give a lucky reader an IMUSA Cloth Tortilla Warmer (serve up warm bread, pita, naan, arepas, and more in these warmers) and a copy of Goya’s Cookbook, which features 30 healthy MyPlate Latin recipes for every celebration (you can also download a free .pdf copy of the book here).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 22, 2016. 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 why you would like to win this prize package?

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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*I received free products to review, as well as for my recipe creation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest (giveaway ends 7/26/16)



Do you consider yourself a sandwich person? Do you crave a good old PJ&J? Does the idea of a grilled cheese sandwich make your mouth water? Or are you a fan of the classic BLT?

Personally I love the classic ham and Swiss on rye, with lettuce, onions, mayo and just a little bit of mustard. Mmm… yummy!

I’m also a big fan of scrambled egg sandwiches (scrambled eggs sandwiched in between two pieces of toast).

Our favorite sandwiches are made out of ingredients that we love, but let’s face it, the key to any great sandwich is the bread. You need the perfect bread to build your favorite sandwich.

Are you familiar with Arnold® Breads? The brand also goes by the names Brownberry and Oroweat in different parts of the country. Where I live (New York) we know it as Arnold® Bread. For the sake of this post I will refer to the brand as that, but please note the different brand names.


Arnold® Bread makes a line of premium bread products that include such varieties as 17 Grains & Seeds, Flax & Sesame Seeds, Nuts & Seeds, Oatnut, Double Fiber and Sourdough, to name a few (not all varieties are carried in all stores).

Here is some additional information about Arnold® Bread products.

All of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain/are:

  • 2 to 5 grams of fiber per slice or thin
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • A cholesterol free food

The Arnold® bread varieties contain/are:

  • Made with 100% whole grains
  • Good source of fiber
  • 80 calories per serving
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Heart healthy*
  • Zero grams of Trans Fat

Health authorities recommend munching on 25-38 grams of fiber[1] and 48 grams of whole grains per day[2], much of which may come from whole grain products like Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads or Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties.

If you’re not sure of how  many grams of whole grains you are getting, look for the Whole Grain Stamp found on all of Arnold® Whole Grains Sliced Breads and Arnold®  Sandwich Thins® Rolls.

* Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and as low as possible in trans fat, may help reduce the risk of heart disease.


[2] http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grain-stamp 

Arnold® Bread is hosting a contest that readers might be interested in. They want to hear about what healthful ingredients their fans use to make the perfect sandwich with their delicious, made with whole grain bread, so Arnold® Bread is hosting the“2016 America’s Better Sandwich” Contest.


To enter, fans can submit their sandwich recipes to AmericasBetterSandwich.com for a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000!!! Talk about a lot of “dough,” LOL!

Winners in each of the five categories with the highest overall scores will receive $5,000 – so you have more than one chance to win. The five categories are:

“Open-Faced Artistry” (sandwiches are works of art for the world to see, and these snacks and meals should announce their nutritious ingredients—like bright beets or tasty tuna— sans second slice);

“Breakfast in Bread” (these sandwiches, featuring nutrient rich breakfast favorites like eggs and yogurt, invoke images of cozy mornings in bed or boisterous brunches with friends);

“Creative Classics” (nutritious spins on sandwich creations that have stood the test of time, such as grandma’s club sandwich, BLT or other old-time favorites);

“Fueling Good” (these sandwiches should incorporate ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron)

“State Favorites” (whether it’s a well-known sandwich in the state you reside, or a must-have local dish that can transition into a sandwich, celebrate your state pride by re-creating these state favorites with better-for-you ingredients)

In addition, Arnold® Bread  will donate one (1) loaf of bread to Feeding America for each entry and or vote submitted, with a minimum of 75,000 and up to 100,000 loaves donated. That is AWESOME!!! I am thrilled to hear that the brand is giving back to the community as part of this fun contest.

Entries will be accepted up until August 21, 2016. Online consumer voting will take place from September 26, – October 23, 2016. The winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day (November 3, 2016).

I used some Arnold® Bread recently to make an amazing sandwich. My original intent was to use Arnold® Bread sandwich thins, but they ended up being too small for what I wanted to do. I had to swap out the Arnold® Bread Sandwich Thins for Arnold® Bread Country White Bread (it was the only other bread we had on hand – any Arnold® Bread would work with this recipe).

This is NOT my recipe. I have seen something similar to it on the Internet (I honestly don’t know where I saw it). This is my version of the sandwich (the recipe I saw used different cheese, fresh bacon and used the bacon grease to brown the bread in).

I don’t have a name for this recipe, but here are the ingredients and how I put it together.

Sandwich Ingredients


  • Arnold® Bread of your choice (one that has normal sized slices is best)
  • A few slices of Cheddar Cheese, Munster Cheese OR your favorite cheeses
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Pickles (long sliced ones work best)
  • Mayonnaise


  1. Spread the mayonnaise on one side of a slice of bread and lay it in a frying pan.
  2. Add a slice or two of one type of cheese on top of the bread.
  3. Add a slice or two of pickle on top of the cheese.
  4. Next, add another slice or two of a different cheese (if you prefer). Top that with a slice or two of bacon.
  5. Finish it off with another slice or two of cheese (if you want).
  6. Finally, top the sandwich with another slice of bread that has mayonnaise spread on the outside of the slice.
  7. Cook a few minutes on medium heat the flip over for another few minutes. It will be done when the bread is crispy and golden brown and the cheeses have melted.









I know this is not the healthiest sandwich, but it was something I was wanting to try for a long time now. It turned out amazing too!

You could substitute things like turkey bacon (or no bacon), low fat cheeses, low fat mayonnaise, butter instead of mayo, less cheese and so forth. You could also use turkey slices instead of bacon. If you think about it there are a lot of ways you can make this sandwich a bit better for you.

I do eat healthy sandwiches – this was just something I really wanted to try.

A great healthy option is Arnold® Bread (such as whole wheat) with a little peanut butter and slices of Granny Smith apples. Mmm! You should try it. It’s really good!

Overall I am glad that I finally made this sandwich. I plan on making it again but I’ll mix up the ingredients a bit (I’d omit the bacon and maybe use a slice of ham).

This sandwich was so yummy!




What do you think about this sandwich? Is it something you would like to try? What Arnold® Bread would you use to make it with? How would you make it differently?

For more information about Arnold® Bread, visit ArnoldBread.com. There you can learn about all of their products, check out some delicious recipes, nutrition tips, promotions and more. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their home page.

Don’t forget! Enter the AmericasBetterSandwich.com recipe contest for your chance of winning the grand prize of $25,000 or one of the category prizes of $5,000. Remember, entering and voting will also result in donations to Feeding America.


To help you to create your perfect sandwich, Arnold® Bread would like to give a lucky reader the following prize package; 

  • Six coupons, each valid for $5.00 off the purchase of any Arnold®  Whole Grain Sliced Bread of choice
  • Six coupons, each valid for $4.00 off the purchase of any Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls of choice
  • $25 Visa gift card to use towards ingredients for their favorite sandwiches

Thank you Arnold® Bread!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 26, 2016. 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 about YOUR perfect sandwich. What kind of bread would you use? What would be the fillings in your sandwich? What condiments would you use?

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

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*A gift card, coupons and information were provided by Arnold® Bread. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Make delicious coffee (hot/cold) and recipes with Bizzy Coffee



Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE coffee. I wouldn’t say I’m addicted to it (I can go days without it if need be), but I do enjoy a fresh cup of coffee.

The caffeine in coffee doesn’t bother me. I can have coffee right before bedtime and fall asleep with no problem.

I find coffee very relaxing and comforting – the same way some people feel about a cup of tea.

I wouldn’t consider myself a “coffee snob.” I am open to all different types of coffee. I’m just not a big fan of flavored coffee. If I want blueberries I rather have the real thing and not drink blueberries mixed in my coffee. Blah!

I while ago I was asked to review Bizzy Coffee. Bizzy Coffee is unlike any coffee I have ever tried before.

Bizzy Coffee is a coffee concentrate. It contains no sugar, no calories and it’s 100% organic. It comes in bottles containing six servings (1/3 of a cup each). Of course, you can use as much or as little as you want to suit your preferences.

Bizzy Coffee is made from cold brewed coffee which results in a richer flavor and 3x’s more caffeine than traditional coffee. That’s great for people who need a cup of coffee in the morning just to function. LOL!

Coffee mug

Cold brewing also makes the coffee less acidic, which is something I appreciate. Sometimes coffee leaves a burning sensation in my stomach and I have to eat something to make it go away.

Using Bizzy Coffee is super easy. Simply add one part Bizzy Coffee (1/3rd of a cup) to two parts water. That’s it! That is all you have to do. You can have a fresh, hot, delicious cup of coffee in a matter of minutes. There is no need to wait for your brewer to warm up and your coffee to brew.

You can also make ice coffee just as easy (1 part Bizzy Coffee, 2 parts cold water – add ice).

I’ve tried Bizzy Coffee both ways. As a die-hard coffee fan I can tell you that I am very impressed. Bizzy Coffee is very flavorful and tastes freshly brewed. It reminds me of coffee shop coffee and not the bland stuff that I make at home.

Bizzy Coffee Bottle

For years I’ve tried to make ice coffee at home using coffee I made in my brewer. It simply does not taste anything near as good as the ice coffee I get from my favorite coffee shop. With Bizzy Coffee I was able to create a delicious cup of ice coffee. Now I can save myself time and money because I can make a tasty cup of ice coffee at home and not have to go out to the coffee shop.

Bizzy Coffee can be used in your favorite recipes too – from smoothies to brownies, and more! There is even a recipe section on the Bizzy Coffee website. You can check out the recipes here.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy Bizzy Coffee is to make coffee flavored ice cream.

I “could” make ice cream from scratch, but who has time for that? Instead, this is how I make it (and it’s OH SO GOOD!).

Bizzy Coffee Recipe


  • 2-3 heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream (or our favorite ice cream)
  • 1/3 a cup of Bizzy Coffee
  • Toppings – optional


  1. Put a metal bowl in the freezer for at least an hour to make it really cold.
  2. Remove the bowl from the freezer and put 2-3 heaping scoop of ice cream into it.
  3. Pour in the Bizzy Coffee (you can use more or less depending on your preference)
  4. Mix everything together quickly. Once well mixed pop the bowl back into the freezer for an hour.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

You can try this with chocolate ice cream, butter pecan or just about any flavor that you would like to add a coffee flavor to.

Consider toppings like chocolate espresso beans or chocolate chips.

Mixed with ice cream Bizzy Coffee tastes AMAZING! I’m thinking of how I can make a shake out of this as well. That would be totally delicious!

You should really check out the recipe section on the Bizzy Coffee website. There you’ll find recipes for Mocha Morning Muffins, Mocha Mint Bizzy Martini, Hot Coffee Chocolate, Cofffee Overnight Oats and Irish Coffee to name a few.

Bizzy Coffee is sold only on the Bizzy Coffee website. You can purchase a sample, 4-pack, 12-pack or even a gift pack for a coffee loving friend.

For more information visit BizzyCoffee.com. Be sure to check them out on social media too. All of the links are found on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about Bizzy Coffee? Does it sound like something you would enjoy?

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

Happy National Egg Day!



Did you know that today, June 3, 2016, is National Egg Day?

Are you a fan of eggs? If so, what is your favorite way to enjoy them?

My family uses a lot of eggs during the week, for meals as well as in recipes.

One of my family’s favorite dinners is pepper and eggs on a hard  roll. I simply cut up some green peppers, sautee them in a pan until they are just about to get soft, then mix in some eggs (pre-mixed with a little milk or water). I move the egg and pepper mixture around until its fully cooked (scrambled eggs). We spoon some of the mixture on hard rolls (or hamburger rolls) and enjoy.

Mmm… I’m craving that right now!

In honor of National Egg Day I made one of my all time favorite egg dishes. My mom used to make it for me when I was younger. She referred to it as an “egg in a basket.” I’m sure it goes by other names too.


Here is my recipe.


  • Egg
  • Slice of bread
  • Butter


  1. Butter both sides of the bread.
  2. Using a small glass (like a juice glass) make a hole in the center of the bread and remove the piece you cut out.
  3. Place the bread in a non-stick pan like the 10″ Calphalon Classic Nonstick Fry Pan that I used.
  4. Crack ope the egg and carefully pour it into the hole in the middle of the bread.
  5. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat until you see the egg white start to turn white.
  6. Using a spatula carefully flip the bread/egg over and then cook it for a minute or two longer (you want the inside to still be liquid).
  7. Remove from the pan and place on a plate and enjoy! If done correctly the inside of the egg will still be liquid (like a soft boiled egg). You can use the bread to soak up the liquid as you eat it.
  8. As a bonus you can also cook the circle you cut out from the bread for an added treat.

Buttered Bread




Egg 1

Egg 2

Egg 3

Egg in a basket

This is SO GOOD! I make this often for me and my family. It’s so easy to make too.

Another great egg dish is a breakfast sandwich. You just need a small pan (Calphalon’s 8″ Nonstick Fry Pan is a great choice), an egg, cheese and a toasted English Muffin. Simply fry an egg (crack it open in the pan, cook a few minutes until the egg whites turn white, flip it for another minute or two – you want the middle to be liquid). Put it on a toasted English Muffin, top it with cheese and enjoy. Of course you can add other toppings too (bacon, ham, mushrooms…).

Fried Egg


Egg Sandwich


Calphalon was kind enough to send me new fry pans to whip up my egg recipes with. I received a 10″ and 8″ pan. The smaller pan is ideal for making a single fried egg. It’s the perfect size for it. It’s also ideal for an individual omelet or scrambled eggs for one.

The 10″ pan is a bit more generous in size. You could easily fit a few fried egg in it, or two “Eggs in a Basket.” You could also use it to make an omelet or scrambled eggs for two people. It can also be used for another breakfast favorite of ours – pancakes!

I love the way these pans look. They have really nice handles. I also appreciate the tall sides.

The best part is that these pans are non-stick. For me, having non-stick pans are a must. I don’t want to have to add butter or oil to my recipes just to make them not stick to the pan. I’m also not a fan of non-stick sprays (I try to limit the amount of spray products in my home due to our asthmatic cat and because it’s harmful to the environment).

I have other non-stick pans which are not 100% non-stick. So far I have not had an issue with the Calphalon pans and sticking. So far they are the best non-stick pans I own.


Clean up is a breeze.

I also appreciate that these pans are lightweight. I suffer from Carpal Tunnel and sometimes my right wrist hurts (I’m right handed). These pans are light enough that I shouldn’t have a problem using them when my Carpal kicks in.

If you are interested in learning more about these specific pans visit Calphalon Classic 2-piece fry pan set on the Calphalon website. You can also go to Calphalon.com to learn about other products they offer.

The pans retail for $39.99.

You can also find the Calphalon brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What is YOUR favorite egg recipe? Did you have a egg today in honor of National Egg Day?

Are you familiar with Calphalon products? If so, what is your overall opinion about them? I always love to hear from readers.



*I received a free pan set to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.