Valentine Pies

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I love Valentine’s Day. Not because we get all romantic and stuff, but because it’s such an easy holiday to decorate for. 

Throw up some things that are red, pink, or white and you have got yourself some Valentine’s spirit. Not to mention that hearts are everywhere. All the dollar stores are brimming over with decor and treats galore. And the love things makes it pretty cool too. icon wink Valentine Pies

Our anniversary is just 2 weeks after Valentine’s Day so we never get too mushy on the 14th. But I love helping my daughters get their little Valentine cards and treats ready for school that day.

Ah, yes. The days when you could use cheesy lines and call everyone your Valentine!

I made up these little heart Valentine Pies the other day and I must say they were a hit. I’m sure these have been done before, but I have never made them before now. SO simple. 

I think they would make a great treat for my daughter to take to school on Valentine’s Day!

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I used store bought pie crusts. You know me! I rolled them out and used a $.50 cookie cutter to cut out little hearts. I will use a bigger cookie cutter next time as these were just a taddy bit too small.

I dropped about a teaspoon of canned cherry pie filling into the middle of the heart and topped it with another pie crust heart.

I used a fork to crimp all of the edges. Helps to keep it from coming apart while it’s cooking.

Lastly, I cut a X in the middle to keep it from puffing up in the oven.

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Make these extra tasty by dropping a dollop of whipped cream on top when they are warm! Use any pie filling you’d like or make your own.

Easy as pie!

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Give your Valentine more than a card. Give them a PIE!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 refrigerated pie crust, brought to room temp
  2. 1 (20 oz) can pie filling, you won't need it all
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. With first pie crust, cut hearts out and place onto cookie sheet. Add about a teaspoon of pie filling to each heart.
  3. Cut out hearts from 2nd pie crust. Top each pie filling heart with another heart. Crimp closed with fork.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes watching to make sure edges don't burn.
  5. Let cool!
Notes
  1. You'll need a heart-shaped cookie cutter and a fork!
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KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer $189.99 + Cash Back!

Kicthenaid KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer $189.99 + Cash Back!

I don’t post a lot of deals anymore here on Pennywise, but I wanted to share this one because I am very passionate about something. 

My stand mixer! 

My KitchenAid has been with me through thick buttercream and thin. I wouldn’t want to go through that with any other kinda mixer.

Today at Best Buy, the Deal of the Day is the KitchenAid Classic Stand Mixer for just $189.99! That’s down $60 from the original price of $249. I’m used to seeing them for around $299 so this is a great price.

Now, why not get some cash back on this purchase if you can? TopCashBack will give you 2.25% cash back for this purchase! You purchase just like you would at the Best Buy site only they say “hey! they purchased through us, so let’s give them some cash!”.

To get yours:

  • Head to TopCashBack.
  • In the search bar at the top, type on Best Buy.
  • You’ll find Best Buy at the top and click on the Cash Back button.
  • Then the Get Cash Back Now button.
  • It will take you to the Best Buy site where you can click on Deals > Deal of the Day.
  • Bam- Get your stand mixer!

This deal is good today (1/23/2015) only!


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Easy Fried Rice

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When my hubby and I were dating, he wouldn’t eat anything but cheeseburgers.

True story.

Date nights with candlelit quarterpounders? Pretty much. He didn’t like anything green, and he especially didn’t like anything foreign.

That is, until you sit him down at a place called Benihana and feed him fried rice. It’s the one thing “foreign” that I could always count on him to eat.

Thankfully he has outgrown most of his picky pants stage and likes to eat a variety of things. But that fried rice is still the only thing he’ll order at a Thai, Chinese, or Japanese place.

I started making this rice soon after we got married for two specific reasons. I just remembered another, so there’s really three.

1) It’s easy. It’s not something you have to think too much about. Just throw it all together in a skillet and boom!

2) It’s really quick. No need to slave over the stove all night.

3) Hubby eats it. Reason enough for me!

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This is the perfect meal or side dish to make with leftover rice. It’s best when the rice has been refrigerated and is cold. I have been known to make rice the night before just for this meal.

It really confuses my family.

And then they understand when we have this meal the next night!

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I make this with whatever frozen veggies that I can find on sale. Fresh veggies? Of course you can use them, too! It’s such a versatile and easy thing. You can’t mess it up. The variety that I got had sugar snap peas, green beans, red peppers, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and onions in it.

Slap an egg in there with your cold rice and add some soy and teriyaki sauce and you have got a really tasty dish.

Here’s the way that I make it, but remember that you can add or take away whatever you’d like.

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Why not make your own fried rice at home? It's simple, tasty, and easy on your wallet!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c. brown rice, cooked
  2. 1 (12 oz) bag of frozen veggies (stir fry mix is good)
  3. 2 tbsp olive oil
  4. 1 egg, scrambled
  5. 2 tsp minced garlic
  6. 1-2 tbsp soy sauce
  7. 1-2 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  8. salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat in large skillet.
  2. Add frozen veggies and cook until softened.
  3. Add garlic and cook until browned.
  4. Add egg and cook combining into veggies.Then add the cold rice.
  5. Fry over high heat. Add soy and teriyaki. Add salt & pepper to taste.
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Zucchini Brownies {3 Ingredients}

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 The weekend is over. 

How do you like that reality? I don’t like it at all. Seems as though I find myself saying almost every single Sunday evening, that I don’t know where the weekend went. It’s gone in a vapor. Such is life I suppose.

So why not make some brownies to make life more enjoyable?

Warm, gooey, chocolatey brownies. Yes, I think that would make a great Sunday evening pick me up.

Oh, what’s that you say? You’re trying to eat healthier? I got you covered…

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These brownies have a secret ingredient that I makes them healthy. Something that some like and some don’t. 

And believe me, if you’re the person that doesn’t like this ingredient, it won’t matter. 

I promise.

You see, these brownies are made with zucchini. Yep, that green, tender, cucumber look-alike stuff. You won’t be able to tell that it’s in them.

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I’m not sure that anyone would ever request that big measuring cup of green goo to be placed into their brownies. If you don’t tell them, they won’t even know. 

I did just that. I made these for my family. They gobbled them up with their normal brownie enthusiasm. 

“Mmmmm I love brownies.” 

“These are so good!”

Then after they’ve had their fill, I break the news out on them like a spider monkey.

“You just ate zucchini and you didn’t know it!”

{insert evil veggie sneaking laugh there}

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So you see, you have just became a zucchini ninja. Turning dessert time in vegetable time. 

With the quickness. There are only 3 ingredients in the brownies which makes them extra easy and extra quick.

A box of brownie mix. A cup of that green goo, which is just pureed zucchini. And a 3rd cup of milk (any kind you’d like). 

Ninja. Yep.

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3 ingredients including a VEGGIE makes dessert time healthy and tasty!
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Ingredients
  1. Box of brownie mix (18.3- 18.9 oz)
  2. 1 cup pureed zucchini
  3. 1/3 cup milk (of your choice)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to degree listed on brownie mix.
  2. Mix together mix, puree, and milk.
  3. Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Bake according to directions on brownie mix.
Notes
  1. I used almond milk to cut calories in my brownies. Tasted great!
  2. To puree your zucchini, cut it into chunks and throw it into a blender, food processor, or magic bullet thingy.
Adapted from Frugal Foodie Mom
Adapted from Frugal Foodie Mom
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Chicken and Okra Skillet

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Happy new year! It’s 2015 already y’all. Can you believe it? HOW are we already here?

I remember thinking that summer being over was weird. And now CHRISTMAS is over. SO weird.

I have fond memories of my great Aunt Joan always making pickled okra around the holidays. I’m pretty sure that she always made it, but we mostly saw her around the holidays so I just associated it that way. Who knew that a kid would love to dig into dig into a big old jar of homemade okra? 

My kids sure wouldn’t.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that I like lots of forms of okra. Fried, steamed, cut, you name it. It’s all good in the okra hood. My husband, not so much. Though for the new year, he is committing to eating better so he decided he would give it a chance. So I decided I would come up with something really tasty to get him on the okra train.

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So I made this! My own creation of a few flavors that I thought would go well together. I love what the okra adds to this dish. It’s a bit slimy and soft, but that makes this so good. Gives it a sort of stew texture.

My favorite part? It’s a one-pot meal! You can easily make this whole meal in your skillet. Thank you Jesus!

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My husband’s verdict was made apparent when he went back for seconds! I withheld a large smile inside as I watched him dole out the next helping. I told him at the beginning that I thought that he was going to be surprised and he said that he was.

All the ingredients are really simple. Many might be things you already have. This is so quick to whip up so it would make a nice weeknight meal.

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Tomatoes, Okra, and Chicken make a great combination in this easy recipe for a great weeknight meal.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 2 ribs celery, chopped
  3. 1 small onion, chopped
  4. 2 tsp minced garlic
  5. 1 lb fresh chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
  6. 1 (12 oz) bag frozen cut okra
  7. 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  8. 1 tsp cumin
  9. 1 tsp beef bouillon
  10. Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In 1 tbsp olive oil, saute onion and celery over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and saute until browned. Add chicken pieces and cook until no more pink.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Make hole in chicken, celery and onion mixture. Add frozen okra to the middle. Cover and let steam for 5 minutes.
  4. Add can of diced tomatoes, beef bouillon, and cumin. Let simmer for about 5 minutes until warmed through. Season with salt and pepper and serve!
Notes
  1. I use my kitchen sheers to cut up the chicken! Makes it quicker and easier than a knife.
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Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Headphones at Best Buy

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I used to be a very dedicated runner. I’d say that I ran almost every single day, even through the winter. 

I may have been crazy, but I was in shape! No, that’s not me in the picture above. In my dreams!

I still try to get to the gym at least 3 times a week and out for a walk/run when it’s nice outside. No treadmill can compare to the feeling of fresh air in your lungs and a beautiful view while you work up a sweat. 

I have bad luck with headphones. It’s a problem. I buy the ones that are really cheap and they always break. I’ve even had some that SHOCK me when I plug them into the machine at the gym. Pretty sure that people think I’m nuts when I yank my headphones out of my ears like I’ve just been shocked. Well people, it’s because I DID get shocked! 

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They have come out with some pretty fantastic options for headphones. For instance, these Jabra Sport Pulse Wireless Earbud Headphones from Best Buy. They have a heart rate monitor IN YOUR EAR! How cool is that?

You can totally take your training to the next level with these babies. They aren’t just headphones, they are an all-in-one training solution that combines an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, immersive Dolby® Digital sound and real-time voice coaching.

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And if you might wonder if these will break like all those cheap ones that shock me, know that these will not! They are made with US military durability certifications so you can bet they won’t!

They have a built-in intelligent app that helping exercisers plan, track and evaluate each workout. You can test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned.

They are compatible with smartphones that have Bluetooth.

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These come with everything you see here. Having different size options is a huge plus. Not everyone’s ears are the same size, y’all!

They have pretty glowing reviews too! Check them out at Best Buy.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 


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Cake Mix Donuts and NEW Simply Juice Drinks!

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Breakfasts at our house usually go one of two ways. It’s either a quick and easy breakfast, or it’s a slow will it ever be done so we can eat kinda breakfast. We find that on weekdays where school is impending, it’s the former. It becomes a treat when we get to sit down together for a nice breakfast. We’re working on this, I promise. I don’t ever want life to get so busy that we miss out on each other’s company. 

I’ve been known to make homemade donuts for breakfast. No complaints from the girls. Or the husband for that matter. These Baked Lemon Berry Donuts were amazing. I’ve also made a blueberry version of these that was so tasty.

The other day I wanted to make some homemade donuts for breakfast, but I didn’t have all of the ingredients. Of course, I consulted Pinterest and came across a recipe for CAKE MIX donuts. I thought to myself, does it really get any easier than that? Decision made. Donuts created. One of the easiest breakfasts ever. 

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I can feel better about these being made of cake because they aren’t fried like most donuts, right?

I can also feel better about them because they take about 5 minutes to make, right? Of course!

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You know something that goes great with donuts?

Juice.

One of my favorite brands, Simply Beverages, has come out with a new premium line of juice drinks that are so incredibly tasty y’all. Our family has always been a fan of this brand. It is high quality!

This new line offers these flavors:

  • Tropical
  • Fruit Punch
  • Mixed Berry

All of which are ALL NATURAL (not from concentrate yay), made with simple ingredients, and contain no preservatives.

They all taste so pure and incredibly natural. I’m not just saying that either. You can always tell when a juice has a bunch of stuff added. This juice drink tastes like they just squeezed the living daylights out of the fruit and boom, juice!

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To make the donuts, you’re going to need a donut pan. You can grab this Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan for only $9.99 at Amazon. I have a large and a small version of this pan. The mini donuts are plenty big. Though I sometimes still find myself eating more than one!

Making these is almost like making a cake but with fewer ingredients. It’s easy, quick, and makes plenty. They look pretty, too! My daughter told me that they look like I got them from a bakery. I was going to tell her that I did, but instead I just said thank you with a big ole smile on my face. icon wink Cake Mix Donuts and NEW Simply Juice Drinks!

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The ingredients for these are so simple. I want to eventually play with the consistency of the donuts. They are still a little light like cake, so I’m going to work on tweaking them to get a bit more thick. 

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So quick and easy!

I love to pair my donuts with Simply Juice Drinks. Nothing goes better with a sweet donut like a smart beverage choice. The hardest part was picking which was my favorite…

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I had a bit of a hard time deciding if I liked the Tropical or Mixed Berry the best. I love pineapple so I really enjoyed this one. SO good. It goes well with whatever I choose for breakfast.

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Like for instance, this here donut. Yeah, it’s made of CAKE!

Simply Juice Drink Mixed Berry I think has made its way to the top as my fave. I’m a little fruity sometimes.

You can find all of these Simply Juice Drinks in the refrigerated at your local grocery store. They come in the big 59 oz bottles (in all 3 flavors) or convenient 11.5 oz single serve bottles. Be sure to visit Simply Orange Juice on Facebook to keep up with the latest on all Simply Beverage products.

Simply Beverages has provided an outstanding GIVEAWAY for you guys! Be sure to enter the giveaway below the recipe.

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Ingredients
  1. DONUTS
  2. 1 Box Cake Mix (any flavor)
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  5. 1 c. water
  6. GLAZE
  7. 1 & 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  8. 1 tbsp melted butter
  9. 4 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. DONUT
  2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Spoon or pipe batter into greased donut pan wells.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  6. Let cool and use a fork to remove and place onto cooling rack. Carefully!
  7. GLAZE
  8. Combine all ingredients and mix until spoon.
  9. Dip donuts into glaze and place on wax paper or cooling rack to dry.
  10. Add sprinkles or toppings you desire while wet!
  11. You can add less milk to make it thicker or more to thin it.
Adapted from It's Always Autumn
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  • 5 Simply Juice Drink Coupons
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I was provided with the Simply Beverages for review purposes and compensated for my time. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
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40% Off Kitchen Gifts at Family Christian!

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I have some more gift ideas for you today!

Now here’s a sale that I can get excited about! I’m a sucker for cutsy kitchen gadgets. I love cooking, but cooking with an adorable spatula makes it more fun somehow. Tell me that I’m not the only one!

So these adorable Metal Measuring Spoons with Cross Emblem? Yeah, they reeled me in. I’m going to get a couple of these for gifts. And I’m going to grab a set for myself. They are normally $14.99 but they are on sale for just $8.99 right now!

Stackable Mugs 40% Off Kitchen Gifts at Family Christian!

Or what about these Retro Look Stackable Mugs with Rack. These would look great sitting around my kitchen. The top two say “Serve One Another in Love” and the bottom two say “The Sweetest Ingredients Are Love, Joy, & Faith”. I LOVE these. Normally $24.99, right now during this sale you can get them for just $14.99!

Measuring Cups 40% Off Kitchen Gifts at Family Christian!

There no doubt that I will be buying a set of these. How adorable are they? This Retro Look Measuring Cup Set comes with four different cups including 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup measurements. It’s currently on sale for $10.79!

There is a bunch more and ALL of the Kitchen Gifts at Family Christian are 40% off! You need to check it out!

Sale is good 12/5- 12/24!


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Great Gift Ideas From Best Buy This Christmas

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I am not completely sure that I have processed the fact that it is already time for CHRISTMAS! Have you? I guess whether I’ve processed it or not, I have to get ready for it. And I’m ok with that, because I LOVE Christmas. The magic and joy that it brings to everybody’s heart. The cookies and milk. Cocoa by the fire. It’s all so cozy and warm and it’s hard to be down during the holidays. 

However, with all that said, it can be stressful figuring out what to get everyone. There is some good stuff out there this year. It keeps getting better and better doesn’t it? From the tablets to the coolest new toys for the kiddos, there is so much to choose from. And I am a big fan of shopping online. I like going into stores to get my hands on things and hold them. Read their box and all that fun stuff. But there is something to be said about sitting on my couch in my pj’s with a cup of coffee and having my purchase shipped to me!

If you’re still working on some ideas for gifts, I have got some awesome ideas for you! Best Buy always has the latest and greatest gift ideas and at at an affordable price.

Hang onto your seat while I stun you with a few killer gift ideas..

With Expert Service and Unbeatable Price these top gifts are on my list this Holiday and here’s why they should be on yours:

XBOX Great Gift Ideas From Best Buy This Christmas

Xbox ONE

Xbox One is the place for games.

What is Xbox One?

Xbox One was built by gamers, for gamers. With the best exclusive titles (Halo, Sunset Overdrive), the biggest blockbusters (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty) the hottest sports franchises (Madden 15, FIFA 15, NBA 2K15) and top family titles (Fantasia: Music Evolved, Just Dance 15, Skylanders) Xbox One takes gaming to a whole new level.

In addition to being a great gaming console, Xbox one connects consumers unlike any other device.  Xbox One enables access to the latest TV shows and movies through your favorite apps.  With Xbox One all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it.

Many of the bundles are $50 off right now and on sale. Perfect time to check them out! Find all the Xbox One deals here.

JBL Holiday Great Gift Ideas From Best Buy This Christmas

JBL Speakers and Headphones

JBL Charge 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

These are definitely on my list. Between the twin passive radiators for deep bass, the massive 6000mAh battery and the hands-free conference speakerphone the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker. 

You can use these anywhere! Take them outside when you’re washing the car. Take them to the beach when you’re getting your tan on. Set it out during your Christmas party. My portable speakers are a must these days.

JBL Flip 2 Wireless Portable Stereo Speaker

Aside from the dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, the key benefit of the JBL Flip 2 is the SoundClear echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker.

Such an awesome gift idea. I hope my hubby is reading this. I really want one of these! icon smile Great Gift Ideas From Best Buy This Christmas

JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones

Now THESE are cool. You can walk up to 40 FEET away from your device while wearing these. Sweat proof ergonomic design.  With a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet, the JBL Reflect BT’s key benefit is the design of the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets which keep your buds on standby without loose cables.

Find all of the JBL holiday gift ideas at Best Buy here.

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Garmin and TomTom

Both Garmin and TomTom have some stellar GPS options. Perfect for a gift this holiday season. Who DOESN’T want to not get lost? Ok, that is a bit confusing sounding. Who WANTS to not get lost? Oh, you know what I mean…

There are 3 GPS devices that I want to highlight for you. Each has it’s own specs. Check them out below.

Garmin 52LM

  • 5.0” display
  • Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
  • Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions

Garmin 2597LMT

  • 5.0” display
  • Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
  • Lane assist with junction view
  • Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
  • Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
  • Spoken turn-by-turn directions

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TomTom Go 50s

  • Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
  • Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
  • 3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
  • 5″ touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

You can find all the Garmin and TomTom GPS devices at Best Buy here.

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I’m still crossing my fingers hoping that my hubby is reading this. After all, it’s #HintingSeason! Be sure to check out Best Buy!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


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Homemade Peppermint Patties

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How was your Thanksgiving? Get enough turkey and dressing? What about family, did you get enough of them? I love spending time with my family both immediate and extended. I can’t wait until Christmas! Right before Thanksgiving break I had this bright idea that I could create homemade peppermint patties. I always love a challenge. If you remember back a couple of years ago, I attempted to make a bunch of homemade candy bars. I made Homemade Butterfingers, Homemade 3 Musketeers, Homemade Kit-Kats, and  Homemade Reeses Cups. All 3 of those were a success!

..And then I attempted the Milky Way and it was a disaster. I tried more than once even, and it just wasn’t happening. I gave up.

So maybe this is a way to redeem myself by making peppermint patties? Either way, I’m happy with the results and I can’t wait to share them with you!

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Do you remember my Candy Cane Brownies from last year? They are SO good and you must make some if you haven’t. My husband has been known to eat entire pans of them… I was getting ready to make them for Thanksgiving. There’s a layer of these brownies that consists of a thick  peppermint-y dough and I thought why not try to make this dough into peppermint patties? You could simply shape it and then dip it in chocolate!

So I did. 

Peppermint Patties 1 Homemade Peppermint Patties

I’m going to be honest with you. The first TWO times I made them, I failed. I couldn’t figure it out and I almost gave up on these too. I decided that it could be the butter I was using. Some recipes it makes no difference if you use real butter or not. Others, you absolutely HAVE TO use real butter. THIS is one of the latter recipes. I thought it had something to do with the fact that the butter was melted or not. So I tried my artificial butter melted and then softened and both times, I failed. Blah. 

And then when I had the butter realization, it worked!

The moral of this butter story? USE REAL BUTTER.

Peppermint Patties 4 Homemade Peppermint Patties

 I have had rave reviews about these. They are so smooth and creamy and remind me so much of the holidays. They would make great gifts.

Let me know if you try them!

Peppermint Patties 2 Homemade Peppermint Patties
Homemade Peppermint Patties
Peppermint Patties 2 Homemade Peppermint Patties
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Ingredients
  1. 2 & 1/2 c. Powdered Sugar + some for dusting
  2. 7 tbsp butter, melted
  3. 1 & 1/2 tbsp heavy cream
  4. 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
  5. 4 c. Chocolate Chips (2 12 oz bags)
Instructions
  1. Beat powdered sugar with heavy cream and peppermint extract. Make sure to scrape the bowl. Slowly add in melted butter. Mixture should become like dough.
  2. Remove from bowl and knead. Sprinkle a little powdered onto counter surface. Knead dough until smooth.
  3. Roll out dough until fairly thin. Use something circular to cut out small circles. Place on wax paper and onto flat surface. Freeze circles for at least a couple of hours.
  4. After circles are frozen, remove from freezer and let sit out for a few minutes.
  5. Melt chocolate chips over double boiler or in microwave.
  6. Dip circles in chocolate and place on wax paper to set.
Notes
  1. Make sure that you slowly add in the butter. Once the mixture becomes a dough, if it's too runny or sticky, add in some powdered sugar to thicken it up.
  2. You can add more or less peppermint extract depending on how peppermint-y that you like it.
  3. I found that keeping them in the refrigerator keeps the insides more firm and more true to a real peppermint patty.
  4. You can make these bigger or smaller depending on your preference. I used the bottom of a piping tip the first time and they were a little bigger than I would prefer. You can use whatever you have around the house to make them the size you'd like.
Adapted from McCormick
Adapted from McCormick
Pennywise Cook http://pennywisecook.com/

 


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