Monday, August 29, 2016

Tweed Squares

Cake Base:
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp, baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate, grated (I recommend icy squares)
  1. Cream together butter and sugar
  2. Add flour, baking powder, salt, milk and vanilla to creamed mixture
  3. Beat together egg whites & additional 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  4. Fold egg white mixture into creamed mixture.
  5. Grate two squares of semi sweet chocolate, and fold into mixture.
  6. Bake at 350F until golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

Middle layer:
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  1. Beat together butter, egg yolks and icing sugar
  2. Spread over top of squares evenly

  • 2 squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tbsp butter
  1. Melt semi chocolate and 1 tbsp butter together
  2. Drizzle over squares
  3. Refrigerate 30min and cut into squares

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Review of The Sorcery Code

    I recently read The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales and honestly liked the book, but unfortunately I didn't love it. The writing style was easy to follow but I found it to be a bit choppy at times which killed its continuity. It has many good points which make it a very interesting and fascinating. But it also however has many things that make it fall short.

    The author writes the individual chapters from the perspective of the character so you get to fully experience what they are feeling and thinking at that time. However, because they start and end a chapter from just one point of view at a time it often feels as if some scenes overlap and don't always link up. If your an avid reader such as myself who enjoys emersing themselves in the authors world, then this almost choppy type of writing can bring you out of it quite suddenly. Suffice to say its a bit of an experience killer.

    The book has many good points though. The world itself is fascinating. There are many different magical gadgets that are brushed upon, and the magic they use is based on a very rational rule system involving complex math and incantations. So as a result there are no over powered sorcerers running amocke. Such as where in our own education systems where ones success is proportional to the amount of hard work and dedication they put in to their chosen career paths, so to a sorcerer has to work hard to be accomplished. The characters are pretty unique and the author does a really good job in defining the distinctions in social class and even adds personality to the classes that are believable.

    The bad points in this novel are few but they are (in my opinion) what can make or break a novel. For starters, there are points in this novel where everything begins to feel like the illegitimate love child of Harlequin romance and Harry Potter. Feelings form far too fast and flare passionately in situations that probably would take longer to happen in normal cases(i.e the love at first sight of Blaise and Gala when she is a new being fresh into the world) and then simmer out in places where a more intense one is needed(i.e when Blaise's ex-fiance basically breaks into his home, has a near mental breakdown for reasons I don't want to mention so as to no spoil it for potential readers, and burns his research and tries to kill him. To which Blaise's reaction is not anger). Mostly though I would have to say that the biggest overall flaw in this novel would be that it has a luke warm feeling throughout the story line.

    In conclusion the novel wasn't a bad read, but there were things that could have been done to improve it. I probably would recommend this book to someone if they were only looking for something to pass the time with, or were bored with their usual genre because it is a interesting concept and twist to the magical world.

This book can be found on at: The Sorcery Code.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Baked Potatoes

  • 2-3 medium potatoes per person
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Shredded cheese
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Green Onions (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Scrub the potatoes and poke holes around the skin
  3. Bake for 1½ hours
  4. Remove from oven and slice down one side of the potato but not completely in half
  5. Pull the sides of the potato open gently and brush the butter inside the opening
  6. Sprinkle some salt and pepper into the opening 
  7. (Alternatively, mix the salt/pepper with the melted butter so when it is brushed on, it spreads evenly over the potato.)
  8. Put some shredded cheese into the opening, packing it down and add the crumbled bacon
  9. Continue baking until cheese is melted.
  10. Sprinkle on some green onions as a topping (optional)

Potato Rounds

  • 4-5 medium potatoes
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • Shredded Cheese (I use a bag of shredded Tex Mex)
  • Well cooked and crumbled bacon

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF
  2. Scrub potatoes clean and cut into ½ inch slices.
  3. Brush the melted butter onto each side of the slices and place on an ungreased baking sheet
  4. Bake for 15min, flip slices and bake for 15 more minutes until golden brown
  5. Top with shredded cheese and bacon and continue baking until cheese is melted.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

PackAways Review

PACKAWAYS Dorm Boxes are available in 4 colors and different sizes. The sizes include moving boxes and a large underbed storage size 36L x 24W x 6"H that would be ideal for extra clothes and neat storage where space is tight in dorm rooms. Moving boxes are engineered to erect and collapse instantaneously without tape, these are super for moving kids to and from school. Made from durable polypropylene, these boxes should last the 4 years of moving your children to and from school.
While ideal for this particular application, PACKAWAYS can be used for numerous organizational projects around the home.
Low cost and Proudly made in the U.S.A.
  • Corrugated Plastic, Protects from Water & Humidity
  • Instant Set-Up, No Tape Required
  • Reuse Hundreds of Times
  • Collapses Flat When Not in Use
  • Unique Wipe Away End Panel

I was given the opportunity to review PackAways Reusable Dorm Boxes to help my brother in his move to University and received 2 boxes in the colors green and pink and classic size. I was impressed at how quick and easy they are to put together. It's as a simple as push the ends together to open it and push down the inner panel. The boxes are also very durable and lightweight which is always a plus when packing for a move. There are two labels that use dry erase markers allowing you to mark whats in each box and erase it later when the box is no longer in use for this purpose. Once packed, the top panels fold down and lock in place without the use of tape; I loved this aspect of them. The handle holes on either side make moving the boxes so convenient.
Collapsed BoxPartially Opened BoxOpened Box
We opened the boxes up and prepared them for packing. It was super easy to manage and with the convenient size, we were able to pack all my brothers books and school supplies into one box. We used the other for his electronics, gaming systems, computers, etc. The boxes closed up tight and handled the weight with ease. We labeled the boxes and packed them into his car. We arranged them into his trunk and still had plenty of space for the other boxes we had packed with his clothing, toiletries and bedding. 

When it came time for the move, my brother's dorm was still under maintenance so he had to stay in another location. He got to this temporary residence and unpacked the things he needed or wanted to use. He commented many times about how the PackAways were his favorite boxes throughout the experience. A few weeks later when his dorm was ready to move into, he repacked the boxes and moved on in. He says he is now using the pink one as his laundry basket because when it's time to bring it out for a wash, he just has to push the top panels down and never have to worry. He gave me the green one to use myself and it has now been turned into a storage bin for my oldest sons school supplies and school work he brings home. We were able to erase the labels we had previously marked and relabel however we choose. 

I was very surprised by the durability and ease of assembling the PackAways. They were so convenient and to know that if its not in use by anything, it can be flattened just as easily and stored out of the way. If I move in the future, I'll be looking for more PackAways and definitely recommend them to anyone moving. The only precaution I could find with them, watch out for the edges when pushing in the top panels. I was careless and not watching properly and managed to cut my finger slightly on the opening when pushing in the flap. Other then that, I could find no issues with using these boxes. 

For More Information about PackAways and how you can purchase your own, visit their website:
or visit/like them on Facebook

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

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Noxicare Pain Relief Cream Review

 Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief is a breakthrough natural, patented pain relief formula that is a proprietary combination of 7 of the world’s most potent natural pain relievers that quickly and effectively alleviate inflammation, muscle aches and nerve pain—with NO known side effects and without a prescription. Noxicare™ is available in tablets for all-over pain or in a topical cream for localized pain. 

I was given the opportunity to review this product a few weeks ago and I wanted to first apologize for the delay in my review.  My husband Justin was in a car accident on September 6th and with all the fuss over that, I have fallen behind on some things I needed to complete. I wouldn't normally mention personal matters in a post, especially a review but I feel it is relevant to have here because Noxicare really came to the rescue for the injuries Justin attained. 

We had received the product prior to the accident and were able to try it out on various areas. I have trouble with my knees including arthritis in one, not to mention with all my online hours (I swear it's all for work!.... well most) I find my wrists sore as well. I tried Noxicare on all these areas at various times and fell in love! Not only does it start working very quickly, but it is non-greasy and so smooth when rubbing in. I found it to actually rub into the skin unlike a lot of creams that the more you rub it in, it starts to ball up and roll off in quite an obviously useless and messy manner. The smoothness of rubbing it on was definitely very appealing and felt especially wonderful on areas like the back. I love how it also didn't take a whole lot to cover a wide area and the fact that it has virtually no scent.

Before his accident, I was rubbing Noxicare on Justin's shoulders and forearms most times after a long day at work. He loved it more then I did! He agreed that the smoothness was his favorite part as well and loved how quickly it started to work. He also mentioned the effectiveness gave him hours of relief from the pain, prompting him to come home from work after a hard day and go straight for the tube. He was taking a lot of pain medications and hated the idea of 'popping so many pills'. Noxicare gave him the opportunity to feel relief without the pain medications and he doesn't feel any remorse in using it too much. 

Now for the accident part. The car has been written off, it was the other drivers fault and Justin is fine, however he did attain soft tissue damage in his neck, shoulders and back(also known as whiplash). He had a lot of major swelling in his upper back and shoulder that he still suffers from currently. He had to take pain medications of course but he went for the Noxicare as well. From the day of the accident on I have been putting a little bit on his shoulders and neck at least once a day. I can actually see the improvement in his movements after I put it on him. It's not an immediate response but it certainly doesn't take long. 

Unfortunately we are getting close to the end of the tube but I would personally like to thank Noxicare for giving me the opportunity to review this product for them so that I was able to have it in the house when it was needed. We are very grateful for how well this product works and that it came to our rescue.

Further information about Noxicare

How is Noxicare different?

Noxicare™ is different than any other natural pain relief formula you may have tried. It’s not simply a mixture of natural painkillers, but a proprietary blend of proven painkillers in precise amounts that:
  • enable each ingredient to effectively alleviate a specific type of pain on its own
  • cause each ingredient to act as a catalyst to the others, actually BOOSTING the effectiveness of the ingredients as a whole.
    The result is an extraordinarily potent, natural pain relief formula that relieves all 3 common types of pain: inflammation, muscle aches and nerve pain.
    See How Pain Works
While some other products might reduce inflammation, decrease muscle aches or increase blood flow to ease painful nerve endings, Noxicare™ treats all three types of pain—not by numbing the pain point—but by targeting the source of the pain with a natural formulation that deeply penetrates layers of skin to help promote the body’s own healing process.
Noxicare™ relaxes the muscle and reduces inflammation to alleviate pain, while working to increase blood flow to calm painful nerve endings.

Developed by Dr. Reza Ghorbani, a Harvard-trained physician board certified in pain management, Noxicare™ has proven to be a valuable, first line pain management tool that complements other medical treatments and therapies.


Available as a topical cream or tablets, Noxicare™ uses all natural ingredients to provide fast, effective, long-lasting pain relief for:
  1. Acute and chronic inflammation: your body’s immune response to irritation or other injuries with features like redness, swelling, warmth and pain.
  2. Muscle aches: Muscle aches can be acute (as a result of athletic injury) or chronic (experienced by fibromyalgia or cancer sufferers) and involve ligaments, tendons, bones and organs.
  3. Nerve pain: Painful nerve endings in the layers of your skin can cause burning, throbbing and stinging.
Noxicare™ has been especially helpful for relieving pain of those suffering from arthritis, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy pain associated with diabetes, side effects of chemotherapy, musculoskeletal disorders, fibromyalgia, tension headaches.

To read more visit: Noxicare Website

or visit them on Facebook: Noxicare Pain Relief
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blueberry Muffins

  • 1½ cups Flour
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • cup Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • cup Milk
  • 1 cup Blueberries

Crumb Topping
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • cup Flour
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 1½ tsp Cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF
  2. Combine Flour, Sugar, Salt & Baking Powder
  3. Mix Oil, Egg & Milk then add to dry mixture
  4. Fold in blueberries and Fill cups
  5. Mix Crumb Topping with a fork and sprinkle over filled cups
  6. Bake 20-25min or until done