Saturday, October 1, 2011

WonderMill Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

 Chocolate Chip cookies are one of my all time favorites. I am particularly partial to homemade ones. You can't get much more homemade than when you grind your own flour. The WonderMill Electric Mill makes grinding fresh flour at home super simple. The result is absolutely delicious freshness in your recipes.

  When I tell you the WonderMill is easy to use, I mean it. Look how easy it is. Here is Hubby pouring in the hard red wheat berries we bought at our local health food store. Before you say it is to expensive to purchase wheat berries realize I paid $3.37 for 3 1/2 pounds of organic wheat. As you can see it was already hulled so we just opened the container and pour it into the WonderMill.

  This is how beautiful the freshly milled flour comes out. Remember this is organic too No chemicals or bleach. With the WonderMill Electric Grain Mill you can grind quality flours at home because the health of your family matters.  The cookies we made turned out crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Hubby says that are excellent soakers too.

Ok here is the recipe:

WonderMilled Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
 5 cups WonderMilled hard red wheat berry flour
3 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup good olive oil
2 tsp real vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/1/2 cups granulated sugar
 4 free range brown eggs
2 Tbs vanilla almond milk
1 bag chocolate chip pieces
3/4 cup raw pecan pieces

Wisk together first three ingredients. Put oil, sugars, vanilla, almond milk and eggs into mixing bowl. Blend  well, add flour mixture, Blend, Add pecans and chocolate chips. Blend. Drop by small scoopfuls onto cookie sheet bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool on pan one minute before transferring to cooling rack.

A little info from the WonderMill website:

WonderMill Electric Grain Mill
Capacity, Power, and Versatility 

The WonderMill Electric Grain Mill has the capacity to perform big jobs. You can grind over 100 pounds of flour in an hour. You don't have to worry about overloading The WonderMill because of its LARGE 1250 WATT LG ELECTRONICS MOTOR. It is indeed the most powerful micronizing grain mill available. The WonderMill will not only grind wheat, corn, rice, and other small grains like Quinoa and Amaranth, but it will also grind legumes and beans. Go to to see the large list of what The WonderMill can grind.

Ease of Use

The WonderMill Electric Grain Mill is extremely easy to use. Simply fill the hopper and out comes flour. There are no small parts or gaskets to misplace, and the self cleaning WonderMill is quick, easy, and virtually dust-free. There is no need for additional attachments to bag your flour simply put a plastic bag in the canister and grind – easy, clean and at no additional cost to you!
Looking for great Recipes? check out their recipe section.

Want to keep up with all things WonderMill Grain Mill? You can like em on Facebook. Make sure you check out their grinding demonstrations website. They even have a page with videos.

Ready to buy one of these great grain mills? Head on over to WonderMill Grain Milland get ya one. You can even find a authorized dealer near you.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Eight O'Clock Coffee

We were sent a couple bags of Eight O'Clock Coffee for review. I am a serious coffee lover so I was a bit skeptical about the flavor. I was surprised to find smooth, rich  flavor with a price tag this low. And better yet.
Eight O'Clock Coffee is available at grocery store nationwide. Yeah no hunting everywhere for a decent cup of coffee. If y'all hurry over to they even have a great coupon offer for ya. Go on over and check it out.

We got to sample Colombian and Hazelnut. Both were delicious and made waking up a pleasant experience.

Here are the product descriptions:

Finest blend of award winning 100% Colombian coffee beans
  • Tastes great every time you brew because it has a century and a half of expertise into every bag
  • Enjoy this medium roast with a lingering sweet finish
  • Supremely rich hazelnut flavor infused into a distinctive blend of 100% Arabica coffee beans. Light
  • Smooth yet full bodied flavor, original, but not ordinary

Want to keep up with all things Eight O'Clock Coffee? You can like em on Facebook, and follow em on Twitter.

Ready to buy some of this great coffee? Head on over to Eight O'Clock Coffee and find out where you can get some near you.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Buckalope Elementary

 I received a copy of Buckalope Elementary's new DVD  for review. In this DVD, Buckalope Elementary talks about "Careers". I love how it explains that wanting fame and fortune is fine , but there are so many more practical careers out there that can be just as fulfilling.
 Buckalope Elementary uses many "furry friends" to entertain children in a way that is educational and fun.
 The teacher sings about all of the different types of jobs available and how they are all important parts of society. Really gets the young ones thinking about their options. The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination.
 Buckalope Elementary also teaches the difference between hobbies and careers and how you  can have a job doing what you enjoy or are talented at. Like say you want to be an artist try being a graphic designer. Remember you can have several different careers over your lifetime. This  is a fabulous DVD for kids.

 Info from the sponsor:
Buckalope Elementary” is a puppet show geared for elementary school children (k-3) which promotes character development, career awareness, problem-solving, critical thinking, and above all, motivation. This program is grounded in educational theory and supported by research and over 10 years of personal experience as a teacher and counselor.  Please visit our website for more information.
An important feature of “Buckalope Elementary” is that all lessons conveyed are student-driven, to where kids themselves discover the meaning of the intended lessons and teach one another.  In addition, students model good character as they teach others the right thing to do and motivate and support each other. 

The program has also been praised for its songs, which capture the true essence of each lesson with their catchy lyrics, and memorable melodies.
Buy Now
The folks at Buckalope Elementary are giving away a free kids song to anyone who likes their Facebook page

Want to keep up with all things Buckalope Elementary? You can like em on Facebook, follow em on Twitter, and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Ready to buy?  Head on over to Buckalope Elementary and get ya a copy of this great DVD. They are working on 3 new episodes now.

"The Shunning" by Beverly Lewis DVD

 When I was asked to review "The Shunning" by Beverly Lewis I was very interested. I had heard that Beverly Lewis was an  incredible author of family friendly books for years, though I had never actually read any of her work. I can tell you after watching "The Shunning" I am going to get some of her books.
This is an amazing story of love and family. It is filmed beautifully, acting is superb, and the story line is perfect for every member of the family. I have to admit there were parts that made me cry.

Beverly Lewis' The Shunning - About the Movie
Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead.  Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her: she's adopted. 
The film is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis. Stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.

BEVERLY LEWIS - Author of "The Shunning"

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books.  Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide.  A keen interest in her mother's Plain heritage has inspired Lewis to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with "The Shunning," which has sold more than one million copies.  In 2007, Lewis' "The Brethren" was honored with a Christy Award.

Lewis has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC.  Lewis lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. 

Want to keep up with all things "The Shunning" DVD? You can like em on Facebook

Want to find out more? Check out this informative page full of videos from the cast.

Ready to buy a copy for yourself or a loved one? Head on over to The Hallmark Channels store and get one. This amazing movie comes out on DVD September 13.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Byron Bay Cookies and Crispbreads

  I was super happy to get to test out some of the fantastic treats from the Byron Bay Cookies. These guys make some amazing cookies and crispbreads. Hubby finished off the cookies on day one. He was nice enough to share with everyone in the family before he polished the rest off.

White Choc Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies

Very Light. Great macadamia nut flavor and the white chocolate is a beautiful compliment to complete this fabulous cookie.

Fun cookie boxes filled with delicious cookies perfect for a gift, pantry or when entertaining

Sesame Crispbread

 A full flavored very light bread. The hint of cheese and sesame go very well together. Has a wonderful fresh baked bread taste.

Wafer thin crispbread, with a unique crisp texture & subtle flavours - perfect for entertaining in the upcoming summer months and festive season. Packaged in 75g box.  It's subtle flavour makes it the best match for your favourite cheese and dips.

Behind the Scenes with Gordon Slater - Byron Bay Cookies photo shoot for M2

 Byron Bay sells Products in these delicious categories:
Byron Bay sells Green Cookies Check out the info from their website:

We may not grow our cookies on trees, but we do aim to protect the environment.
At Byron Bay Cookie Company we have an ongoing commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, working towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.
We are leading the way with the following initiatives:
 - reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 86% ie 13, 000 tonnes
 - installing a recycling plant for cardboard & plastic
 - internationl orders now shipped by sea rather than air
 - all outer packaging is now bleach free and 100% recyclable
 - employees are offered cash incentives to use pedal power to work.

We believe it is our social responsiblity to improve & develop new initiatives and products to eliminate our carbon footrpint, whilst creating truly indulgent cookies.

Want to keep up with all things Byron Bay Cookies? You can like em on Facebook,  follow em on Twitter, sign up for their newsletter and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Ready to buy some of these tasty treats? Head on over to Byron Bay Cookies and get ya some of these delicious products.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Larabar Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte

Introducing Larabar Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte. Oh My Goodness y'all this new bar from Larabar is soooo good. It smells awesome and tastes even better. Absolutely delicious. Chocolate Chips and cherries marry together to create the perfect treat... How is this healthy. Yummmmm!!!!!! Super delicious. Indescribably wonderful. Y'all got to try this.

The cherry didn’t fall far from the tree for Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte, whose inspiration (and name) came from a combination of Cherry Pie and our Fair Trade Certified™ chocolate chips. With less than 200 calories and just 6 simple ingredients, this snack carries on a great family tradition of simple, indulgent flavors.

7 Sweet Facts: LARABARs are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, certified kosher, all natural, and non-gmo. To find out more visit

 Want to keep up with all things Larabar? You can like em on Facebook, follow em on Twitter and sign up for their newsletter.

Ready to buy? Head on over to Larabar and get ya some of these delicious bars.

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Introducing Theo Teaching Children God's Word DVD

  I was privileged to receive a copy of "Introducing Theo Teaching Children God's Word". This fantastic DVDis divided into two beautifully animated parts.

  Part one "Good News" introduces us to Theo, an elderly gentleman that guides children on a path of learning God Word. The first video tells about the plan of salvation in a down to earth easy to understand way children will really enjoy.

  Part two is entitled "Saving Faith". In this video Theo tells the story of how Abraham's faith in God led him to the realization of having Isaac in his and Sara's old age.


"Introducing Theo Teaching Children God's Word" has been 33 years in the making!  Theoan animated student of Godʼs Word, lives in a cozy corner of a quaint English village, in the heart of the Cotswolds, and entertains two mice, Belfry and Luther.  The first DVD in the series, Theo: God's Love, releases on DVD through EMI CMG on 9/13/11

Theo captures the attention of young minds with liberal amounts of humor and high quality animation to present the Gospel of the Christian faith through the teachings of Theo and with the use of his two object lessons, Belfry and Luther.
Theo Presents is designed to serve as a multi-media resource tool that will help men, women and children fulfill the Great Commission of Christ, to go into all the world and make disciples and to teach those disciples Godʼs Word. The multi-media outlets include a DVD series, curriculum, books and iPhone/iPad app. Each of these facets are designed to work with one another or individually.
Theo was created to reach kids of all ages. The lessons and teachings of Theo can be used for Sunday school lessons, Christian school curriculum, missions, evangelism and homeschooling.
Want to keep up with all things Theo? You can like em on Facebook, follow em on Twitter, and check out Vimeo and their blog. You can even Download the Free THEO App Today! There is even a kids page with printable coloring pages.

Ready to buy a copy of Theo Teaching Children God's Word? Head on over to Amazon and get ya several DVDs Or check out at Lifeway to get the THEO Church Edition: Foundations of Faith
What set's THEO apart from anything we've worked on?
The Buy 1 - Give 1 campaign!
For every Theo DVD purchased, Whitestone Media and Child Evangelism Fellowship® will send a child in need their very own copy of Theo.
You can log onto after making your own purchase, and select the region of the world you'd like another copy of Theo to be sent.
There is also a free download of "Good News"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Good Bite Weeknight Meals

 I was sent a copy of GOOD BITEWEEKNIGHT MEALS for review. This is a fun cookbook with recipes from food bloggers. I love the various sections in the book. The well stocked pantry is a great list of must haves so you can make dinnertime versatile and interesting everynight.
GOOD BITEWEEKNIGHT MEALS also includes secret ingredients of bloggers, techniques and tips, and  planning and prep ideas that save time and work in the kitchen.
The photography in GOOD BITEWEEKNIGHT MEALS is beautiful. There are pics of many of the recipes. Also included are questions and answers from well known food bloggers.
page 132
 We tried out a couple of recipes from the book. Smoked Sausage Sandwiches with Peppers and Onions p 132  and Kielbasa and Cabbage Skillet p 119

Recipe Sections include:
Chicken and Turkey
Beef and Lamb
Soups and Stews
Side Dishes

You can check out a video about GOOD BITEWEEKNIGHT MEALS.

 page 119
I was asked to share this info:
Spending an hour on a perfectly planned meal can be interesting and satisfying, but on most weeknights it’s unrealistic, if not impossible.  Enter the team at Good Bite—one of the fastest growing cooking websites in the country.  Good Bite features the web’s most influential food bloggers, on video, sharing their easy recipes for great tasting meals. GOOD BITEWEEKNIGHT MEALS (Wiley Hardcover; September 26, 2011; $29.99) compiles 140 recipes for quick and delicious family meals from the site's most popular contributors, with gorgeous full-color photography from Matt Armendariz of

The recipes in GOOD BITEWEEKNIGHT MEALS were developed by busy people in their home kitchens, and put to the test against real-life situations: long workdays, conflicting schedules, and even picky eaters.  Most call for between 5-10 ingredients, and few require more than 15-30 minutes of hands-on cooking time.

Here are just a few of the stunningly simple yet downright delicious recipes you’ll find inside GOOD BITEWEEKNIGHT MEALS:

·         Inside-Out Chicken Pot Pie from Jenny Flake at Picky Palate makes a labor intensive dish quick and easy by using ready to eat rotisserie chicken and puff pastry sheets.

·         Grilled Lamp Chop Lollipops with Spinach & Tomato Couscous Salad from Laura’s Best Recipes is so elegant it’s hard to believe it comes together in under 30 minutes

·         Not just for the winter this slow cooker Blueberry Pulled Pork from Rachel Rappaport at Coconut & Lime keeps the kitchen cool and rewards cooks with rich and bright flavors thanks to in-season ingredients

·         Parmesan-Crusted Fish with Lemon-Dill Sauce from Catherine McCord at Weelicious will convert even the most fish-resistant kids into fish fanatics with its cheesy crust and delicious dipping sauce

Recipes are divided into six chapters centered on the main ingredient (i.e. “Chicken & Turkey”) plus additional chapters focus on “Soups & Stews” and “Sides”.  Many recipes include Make it Easy Tips—quick tricks from the bloggers that they employ when making the dish at home.  Other key features include suggested substitutions for less common ingredients, as well as serving suggestions for how to round out a main dish into a complete meal.

GOOD BITEWEEKNIGHT MEALS brings the best of the blogosphere into the home kitchen, with inspiration and cooking wisdom to turn any dinner into a meal to remember.

Owned and operated by DECA, is one of the most popular cooking sites on the web. Good Bite has a simple mission: to bring together the most influential food bloggers in one place, and feature delicious, everyday recipes in original videos.  The list of contributors is a “Who’s Who” of cooking talent, featuring bloggers from Steamy Kitchen, Simply Recipes, Gluten-Free Girl, Weelicious, Picky Palate, and many more.

Ready to buy? You can get yourself a copy at Amazon.

Cream Perfume Company

 The Cream Perfume Company sent over three of their products for review. These are amazingly scented cream perfumes and lotions. I love all three that I was scent.  Cream Perfumes and Body Lotions make great gifts. If you are not sure what scent to get how about a gift card. They sell those too.

Jasmine Cream Perfume 

I love this scent, soft, seductive, sexy, beautiful. Lingers on your skin throughout the day into the evening.

Product Description

A truly exotic perfume with opening notes of bergamot italy, lavender & coriander followed by rose turkie, jasmine, iris, cedarwood & patchouly indonesia. Closes with a warm & spicy blend of vetiver, civette, oak moss, musk, sandlewood and benjoin. 10ml / .35oz.

Ylang Ylang Cream Perfume

 Pleasant fragrance. Reminds me very much of the scent a lady I knew from my youth used to wear. I immediately remembered her when I put it on. Isn't it amazing how some fragrances bring back comforting memories.

Product Description

Enjoy exhilirating scents of ylang ylang, mandarin and jasmine in this classic perfume. Trailed by notes of apricot, cedarwood, orange flower, patchouli and musk. 10g / .35oz

Spa Line Sandalwood Body Lotion 8oz Tube

 Y'all this stuff smells great. It is sultry and sensuous. A little exotic. Hubby really likes this scent. Feels nice on the skin. No greasy feeling, just smooth and silky skin. The fragrance lasts a long time. Not to strong, not to subtle.

Product Description

Professional spa treatment. Paraben free natural formula rich in botanical extracts and vitamins. Pure and naturally derived oils and extracts from nature combined with premium french designed fragrances to combat dehydrated, sore, inflamed and damaged skin. Improves elasticity and helps activate the natural regeneration of dermal tissue to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. No sulfates, phthalates, silicones, artificial colors or, petroleum-based ingredients. Cruelty free and 100% vegan, wheat and gluten free. 8oz tube.

Ready to buy? Head on over to Cream Perfume Company and get ya some of these great cream scents. They sell Cream Perfumes and Body Lotions. You can even purchase a gift certificate.

Krema and Crazy Richards Natural Peanut Butters

 We got to try out some great natural peanut butter from Krema and Crazy Richards. One thing I really like about both of these peanut butters is that they are that, peanut butter. There are NO other ingredients. Just peanuts. No added sugars or preservatives.

First up was the Krema brand. We were able to try both the crunchy - and - smooth and creamy varieties. I love the fresh roasted peanut flavor. It has really good peanutty taste. Amazingly good in either the creamy or crunchy style. Easy to spread.

With Krema Peanut Butter you can taste the tradition and quality and nothing else but the finest peanuts from the good old USA.
Krema Peanut Butter has a tradition of excellence for over 100 years. We are the coundtry's oldest Peanut Butter maker! We are "Totally Nuts" and that's just what our Peanut Butter contains, just nuts. Oil separation occurs naturally, just stir it up! May be refrigerated to slow oil separation.

Second we tasted the ones from Crazy Richards. These come in natural creamy and natural chunky.. Both varieties are thicker than the Krema brand. Lip smacking delicious. Creamy is nice and smooth. The chunky variety is just that, CHUNKY. This peanut butter has tons of peanut pieces. I love chunky peanut butter and Crazy Richards delivers the crunch.

After 30 years, Crazy Richard's is still making Peanut Butter the old fashioned way with no salt, sugar, hydrogenated oils or trans fats. We're "Totally Nuts", and that's just what our peanut butter contains, only nuts. Oil separation occurs naturally, just stir it up!

 Here is a great video that shows how Krema & Crazy Richards Peanuts are Planted, Harvested, and Manufactured. See how these steps create a finished product of the healthiest Peanut Butter made. With only one Ingredient...Peanuts!!!

Want to keep up with all things Krema? You can like em on Facebook - Krema - Crazy Richards , follow em on Twitter, check out their blog, subscribe to their YouTube and sign up for their newsletter. These guys even have a recipe section so you can enjoy your peanut butter in new ways.

 Ready to buy? Head on over to  Krema Products and get ya some of this great peanut butter. They even have a convenient store locator to find some near you.