Introducing the all-new VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display™

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Introducing the all-new VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ Ultra HD HDR Home Theater Display™, the first 4K ultra HD display to feature High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision, Ultra Color Spectrum, Google Cast™ built-in, with a powerful 6” Android™ Tablet Remote included.

Let’s just say that what you love won’t change, but how you experience it will never be the same again.

I am pretty sure my husband is the happiest man on the planet right now.  He is a total TV nut! I had to share with you all some of the really cool features that are making my husband freak out!! 

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The P-Series™ features High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision content support and Ultra Color Spectrum for a dramatically different visual experience with astonishing brightness, radiant contrast, and captivating color. Full-Array LED backlighting and up to 128 Active LED Zones™ deliver exceptional light uniformity and deeper, richer black levels. 

The included 6” Android™ tablet remote, preinstalled with the VIZIO SmartCast app, puts you in control of your entertainment like never before with simple tap, swipe and voice-based commands. Browse movies, TV shows, music and even Live TV* by genre across multiple apps all at once on the VIZIO SmartCast™ app, then tap to play your show onto the P-Series™’ stunning display. 

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And with Google Cast built-in, you can cast from thousands of Google Cast-enabled apps that you already know and love, like YouTube and Netflix. Sports and action fans will appreciate the powerful image processing of the P-Series™ with up to Clear Action™ 960 that combines a blazing 240Hz effective refresh rate achieved with backlight scanning for sharper detail in fast action scenes. With all of this and more on display, the P-Series™ is a whole new way to watch.

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Are you as excited as my husband?  Head on over to Best Buy and check it out. What you love won’t change, but how you experience it will never be the same again.

Dunkin’ Donuts introduces the NEW Blueberry Cobbler Croissant Donut & Caramel Latte Square

Disclosure: Thank you Dunkin’ Donuts for having me try out your Blueberry Cobbler Croissant Donut and Caramel Latte Square…all opinions are 100% my own!

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Did you know that the first Croissant Donut at Dunkin’ Donuts was introduced in 2014 as a limited-time only menu item, and became one of the most popular limited-time bakery items in recent brand history. I remember that event like it was yesterday.  I could not wait to try out one of the Croissant Donuts and it was love at first bite.  I was immediately hooked, as well as my kids.  We LOVE the Croissant Donuts!  

You can imagine my excitement at the arrival of the NEW Blueberry Cobbler Croissant Donut.  One of my other LOVES is anything Caramel! With the simultaneous arrival of the NEW Caramel Latte Square my excitement was doubled! 

The biggest issue I have with these two delicious donuts is deciding which one is my favorite.  The blueberry cobbler Croissant Donut was as heavenly as I expected.  Another love at first bite for me.  It is all the deliciousness of the croissant donut with yummy blueberry filling topped with a white icing drizzle and streusel topping. HEAVEN!!!!  It is very filling and satisfied every sweet craving I had. 

Now to try out the new Caramel Latte Square.  It was a tough job but someone had to do it, right?!  The Caramel Latte Square is a yeast square shell filled with coffee buttercreme made with Dunkin’ Coffee, frosted with caramel icing, then topped with a white icing drizzle and Dark Chocolate Caramel Cups. What can I say but, I was in LOVE!  It is truly impossible for me to tell you which one is my favorite.  Both were equally delicious and more than a satisfying snack to curb my sweet cravings and hunger pains.  

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Dunkin’ Donuts is committed to menu innovation, giving guests even more choices, with the same great taste, quality and value that they expect. I also love that I am always able to grab quick bite or a meal any time of day. Breakfast is not just for breakfast any more.  You get breakfast all-day, everyday.  Look at the incredible choices you can pick from.  We all know breakfast for dinner is the best!

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These two new donuts are available at all Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.  So hurry on over and do you own taste test. I bet you will be in love too!

Share Your Chiquita Smile

This is a Chiquita sponsored post and I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

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As a mom of 4 boys I can easily make two statements.  First, the one fruit I can always keep stocked in my house are Chiquita bananas.  It is the one that they all agree on and they will eat without my having to twist their arms.  Second, Walt Disney World® is the best place in the world to vacation.  We have been visiting Walt Disney World® for years and explored every single park.  

Before telling you how you can enter to win a Walt Disney World® vacation, here are some fun facts about Disney:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park:

  • DYK: The biggest animal in height in the Disney Animal Kingdom Theme park might be the giraffe but the biggest all-round creature you’ll see, by far, is the elephant. Check out why!   DYK: Expedition Everest® attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is the tallest of 18 mountain-themed attractions created by Walt Disney Imagineering at Disney Parks worldwide! DYK: Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is roughly 110 acres – that’s over 4 1/2 million feet! Read more

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®:

  • DYK: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ attraction located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is amongst the two tallest attractions at the Walt Disney World® Resort! Found out its height and speed: . DYK: Did you know that the ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each! Find out what this new land is for:  

Epcot®:

DYK: There are 5.7 million gallons of water in the Caribbean Coral Reef aquarium in Epcot®!  Read more:  DYK: Did you know that Epcot® was the second theme park to be built in the Walt Disney World® Resort? Find out more:

Disney Springs™ Area:

DYK: Located in The Landing section of Disney Springs™ area the theming and backstory of “The Hangar” was inspired by the fictional character Jock Lindsey, a seaplane pilot in the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Read more:  DYK: The world’s largest Disney merchandise store just got bigger—and better—than ever! Found out more: 

Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World® Resort:

  • DYK: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is not like regular roller coasters, each mine car in this coaster is mounted in a cradle-like pivot, which allows it to swing side to side independently of the others. Find out more at: DYK: It’s a Small World® attraction appears in all of the Disney theme parks worldwide, including Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Read more about it at: DYK: Dumbo the Flying Elephant® attraction has been a Magic Kingdom® Park favorite since the park first opened in 1971 in California. Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida has now doubled the fun! Find out how at

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  • DYK: Did you know that the Walt Disney World® Resort is so big that it takes nearly 70,000 cast members to keep it running, 13 million bottles of water a year to keep it hydrated, and 285,000 pounds of laundry every day to keep it clean. Wow! Read more Disney Fun Facts
  • DYK: Did you know there are over 1,000 Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World® Resort. Do you want to know where one of them is? Find out here

 

Now for the fun!!

All you have to do is share your Chiquita smile and you could win a Walt Disney World® vacation from Chiquita! Make sure you pose with your best Chiquita smile for a chance to WIN.  All you need to do is visit: ShareYourChiquitaSmile.com and enter to WIN a Walt Disney World® Resort family vacation!  Have lots of fun taking those adorable Chiquita smile pictures.  We sure did.  Look at this ham! I did say smile, not make a Chiquita banana phone call!! 😋 

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There are only 4 steps for a chance to win a Walt Disney World® vacation from Chiquita.  Pick, Pose and Post your best Chiquita smile and you could WIN a Walt Disney World® vacation!


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Awaken your imagination with one of our Disney magical themes and enter your best picture for a chance to WIN a Walt Disney World® vacation from Chiquita!

  • Contest Period: begins at 10:00 a.m. ET on April 29, 2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 26, 2016
  • Entry Period: begins 10:00 a.m. ET on April  29, 2016 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on June 19, 2016
  • Voting Period: begins 10:00 a.m. ET on April 29, 2016 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on June 26, 2016.

Hurry and get started by sharing your best Chiquita smile!

 

After you have entered the Chiquita Smile contest enter our fun Chiquita giveaway!

One of you are going to win this prize pack ($50 Value):

  • Just Smile Breakfast Bowl
  • Just Smile Magnets
  • Chiquita Pens (Yellow)
  • Chiquita Aprons
  • Chiquita Short Sleeve T-shirt (M, L)

 

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Shipping will be covered by Chiquita as long as the winner is in the Continental US and Canada (Excl Quebec)

 

 

Get your financial future on track

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I have come to a realization in my older adult life that I am no different from most people my age.  That sometimes includes feeling like I am a complete mess!  😃  I am being a bit silly when I say that but the reality is that there are things that, as an adult, I feel like I should have accomplished more of, have a better grip on, be better prepared for, take better care of, and so on and so on.  The other reality is that life happens.  We juggle so much of our lives that there is no way you can be on top of everything.  There is also a very wise expression that says…better late than never.  

So if you are like me you do not have a financial plan set in place.  If you are like me you probably do not even have the first idea where to start getting a financial plan in place.  If you are like me you probably also cannot even imagine making an appointment with a financial adviser.  I can barely keep up with my accountant when he does my taxes every year.  The whole idea of a seeing a financial adviser is both intimidating and financially scary.  I cringe to even think about what something like that would cost.  

Then I heard about SUM180 and was offered the chance to try out their services.  Needless to say I jumped at the chance.  Although I have been intimidated by the idea of a financial adviser, financial planning was very much in my mind.  My husband will be retirement age in about 10 years.  10 years can fly by quick and I really had no clue as to whether or not we were on the right track for retirement or are we way off track.  It was time to get a grip of our situation and using the service of SUM180 was more than appealing to me.  It was time to stop wondering, worrying, or feeling stuck, so we can get on with living our life and enjoying it with the knowledge that we are finally getting a grip on our financial future.  

SUM180 is a radically different kind of service with one goal: to make financial planning simple, affordable, and even fun – for every woman, wherever she is on her financial journey.  SUM180 meets you where you are. SUM180 Plans are personalized for you, and designed to help you right now, whether you’re just getting started, starting over, or well on your way.

You don’t need a degree in finance. SUM180 doesn’t try to give you one. You don’t need to become a financial expert just to meet your financial goals. SUM180 gives you the tools you need, without the jargon, and without overwhelming you with the details you don’t understand. 

I can promise you that it is much easier than you are thinking.  Put your fears aside and take this important step to your financial future.  SUM180 even offers a unique community forum where users can support one another in their plans. Plus live online chat, unlimited emails, and consultations with financial advisers. SUM180 has done all the right steps to make sure that this process is as easy and pain free as possible. Each paid membership available is good for one year.  This is not a one shot deal.  They are going to stay by your side for the year to make sure you are doing all the right things to ensure a bright financial future.  The support system has been completely set up for you. 

So let’s get started on taking the first step.  Don’t worry, I will be here with you as well.  It is as simple as clicking that green button right there that says “Take the first step”.

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Once you click that button I can again promise you that this is going to be much easier than you think.  You are going to enter your information and receive your SUM180 plan entirely online. You can go at your own pace and at your own convenience. You do not have to enter all of your information in one sitting, you can save your work and come back and finish at another time.  Everything was so easily explained that gathering the correct information was much easier than I anticipated.  I also learned a few things just by gathering the information.  I felt much more in command of my financial future just by inputting all the information that was needed.  Talk about empowering!  

So it was official! I had officially pulled my head out of the sand.  This alone made me feel so much better and brighter about my future.  I could not wait to receive my financial plan.  Once I received my plan it was everything that I expected and much more!  My financial freedom! My personalized plan to bettering my future.  

SUM180 sets you up with 3 easy recommendations when you first receive your plan.  These are the steps that will help you make your future even brighter.  Focusing on just three Next Steps, for now, is the key to your success with SUM180. This is a long term action.  Financial freedom as we already know does not come overnight and that is one of the many reasons SUM180 will be by your side for the entire year to help you get yourself on the track you need to be on.   

If you decide that you want to take your plan one step further and talk to a financial adviser with only your best interests at heart, request a consult through the SUM180 website. You’ll be connected with the most respected financial advisers in the U.S. They really have everything covered.  I could not be more impressed with the completeness of the site and the plan.  This is not a one and done process nor should it be.  

Not convinced yet?  Let me give you a few quick review of the reasons why you need to do this.  

  • It’s accessible. You enter your information and receive your SUM180 Plan entirely online. Go at your own pace and at your convenience.
  • It’s personalized. Your SUM180 Plan is uniquely tailored to your situation. You’ll receive recommendations for improving your financial picture and clear explanations for why these next steps are right, based on your data.
  • It’s user-friendly.  Everything you receive from SUM180 will be in easy-to-understand, plain English. If you ever need more help, SUM180 offers several types of support – from live online chat to unlimited emails to consultations with financial advisers.
  • It’s trustworthy.  SUM180 never accepts money from anyone for its recommendations to you. You’ll always know that the advice you receive is focused on your best interests, not on selling you products or services you don’t need.
  • It adjusts with you. Because SUM180 Plan is subscription-based, if your circumstances ever change within your subscription year, you can create a new Plan for free. 
  • It’s affordable. Your SUM180 Plan gives you the same sound advice that you would receive from a top personal financial adviser – but it costs thousands of dollars less.

SUM180 is offering a special promotion for a limited time! Use code SPRING50 and get 50% off the current product offer!

This post has been sponsored by SUM180. I was provided with product at no charge to sample in exchange for my review. The options expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with SUM180 and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

Bug Repellent Mason Jar Luminaries

DIY Bug Repellent Mason Jar Luminaries are both gorgeous and extremely effective.  Keep those mosquitoes away and spend more time enjoying the outdoors. 
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Summer is coming and every year it seems that the mosquitoes come sooner and sooner.  My son and I are instant targets for the mosquitoes and it can become quite painful at times.  My son will, literally, scratch his legs to the point of creating an infection.  That was when I knew something had to give.  We needed something that would fight off the mosquitoes so that we could go outside and enjoy our lives.  

Being the antique lover that I am, I wanted to use my gorgeous blue vintage mason jars.  These were used as centerpieces at my beach wedding so I could not think of a sweeter a reminder to have around the yard.  The combination of colors is just gorgeous and the bug repellent is working wonders.  

Bug Repellent Mason Jar Luminaries
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10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. Mason Jar
  2. 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  3. 10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  4. 10 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
  5. 10 Drops of Thieves Essential Oil (I used Health Shield Essential Oil)
  6. 1 Lemon
  7. 1 Lime
  8. 2 Rosemary Sprigs
  9. Floating Candles
  10. Water
Instructions
  1. Slice lemon and limes. Fill jar about 3/4 of the way.
  2. Start adding 10 drops of each of your essential oils and than stir to mix.
  3. Place 2 slices of each, lemon and lime.
  4. Add 2 Rosemary Sprigs.
  5. Fill water to the rim.
  6. Place floating candle and light when placed outside.
Adapted from A Little Clairefication
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Cloud Bread Chips – Low Carb

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Cloud Bread is all the craze! For great reason too.  Cloud Bread is so soft, airy, fluffy and practically melts in your mouth. It is a very delicious home-made bread replacement that is practically carb-free, gluten-free and high in protein.  You can find my friend, The Big Apple Mama’s cloud bread, recipe HERE.  

These Cloud Bread Chips are all the magic of cloud bread in a chip version.  This will completely satisfy your cravings for salty chips and give you a great crunch to munch on.  The taste is really delicious and you won’t feel like you are missing anything.  

Watch this video for no fail results:

Cloud Bread Chips - No Carb
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Eggs Whites
  2. 4 TBSP Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  3. 1/2 TBSP Water
  4. 1 TSP Season All
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray two muffin pans with non-stick spray.
  2. Whisk your egg whites (make sure no yoke snuck in), water, & season all. Whisk until you have stiff peaks.
  3. Spoon enough egg white mixture to cover the bottom of the muffin tin. Flatten smoothly with the back of a spoon.
  4. Sprinkle a good pinch full of cheese on top of egg mixture.
  5. Bake for 9-12 minutes until the edges of your chip are a nice deep brown. You want your chip to be crispy when it cools.
  6. Remove from oven and use a small spatula to help remove the chip from the bottom of your muffin pan. Let cool.
Adapted from Holyjeans & My favorite Things
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Embrace your BOLD with Listerine #BringOutTheBold

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As many of you know, I get the great pleasure of visiting cool and exciting places from time to time.  Well much to my surprise I was graciously invited to visit the LISTERINE® Lab/Headquarters located in New Jersey.  This was a bit different from many of my past rendezvous and that made it even more exciting.  

LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash just launched a new campaign called BRING OUT THE BOLD.  LISTERINE® conducted some research they call, the Study of Bold. They found that people who use LISTERINE® are more likely to do bold things.

What do they define as bold? Well have you ever booked a trip and taken off the same day?  Do you tend to eat super spicy foods? Have you ever sky dived? White water rafted? You get the idea…. people who do bold things in life are more than likely a LISTERINE® user.  Weird huh?  Weird but true.  I think it is just a super fun fact and makes me more proud to call myself a LISTERINE® user.  

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I have always been a long time user of LISTERINE®.  My dentist has recommended it to me for years.  My great genetics have left me prone to battle with my mouth and that has required me to be extra conscious of my own oral health routine.  Little did I know I had a lot to learn.  

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Ready for the lab tour!

My group started with a tour of the lab hosted by scientist Tara Fourre.  Tara gave us an incredible tour of the lab which included a 3D microscope and a pair of virtual reality goggles that let you feel like you were inside a mouth. You really got a great idea of the amount of bacteria that builds up in a 24 hour period in our mouths and just how disgusting that is.  We learned from Tara that “without breaking down the bacteria that grows on your teeth daily, you create the ideal environment for tartar to buildup.”

We also learned that brushing and flossing alone misses 75 percent of your mouth.  That number was more than shocking to me.  Now it was starting to make sense why my dentist has always told me that LISTERINE® was one of the most important parts of my oral health routine.  

To further convince of us this shocking fact, Tara conducted swish tests on us all.  Basically this consisted of us collecting our spit 1st, after we were treated to an amazingly delicious BOLD lunch.  2nd, collecting our spit after brushing our teeth.  3rd, collecting our spit after rinsing with a cap full of LISTERINE®.  Now the key point many of us have probably been missing is that you need to swish for 30 seconds.  I definitely have not been doing 30 seconds worth of swishing but after seeing what I saw in the lab that day, I can assure you I am swishing 30 seconds now.  

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My swish tests results are in!!  Baseline = (no brushing after a nice spicy lunch) lots of bacteria.  YUCK!  After brushing = WOW not that impressive at all. After learning that 75% is missed during brushing, I can really see all that bacteria that is still left behind in my mouth. GROSS! After boldly rinsing with LISTERINE® is shocking!! I see NO bacteria left behind!!! These results are amazing!! I will surely be a life long user of LISTERINE®, as well as my children!

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After our lab tour we were off to a discussion led by Dr. Lee Gause.  A charismatic well dressed Manhattan dentist.   He quickly informed us that “we are experiencing a dental crisis in this country” He went on to share some more shocking data like the fact that brushing and flossing alone will only clean about 25% of your mouth and that’s not even mentioning the spots that we still miss in that 25%.

His own personal oral health routine includes two different types of LISTERINE®.  LISTERINE® has broadened their product line so much that there are multiple products that may fit your lifestyle.  

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After learning that 75% of our mouth is left completely at risk after brushing alone.  We were happily informed that rinsing with LISTERINE® twice a day could improve our oral health tremendously.  Look at these numbers below.  After just six months of using LISTERINE® patients had 5 times more plaque-free site and 2 times more healthy gum sites.  What a relief!!

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I had such a great day at LISTERINE®.  I am a proud BRING OUT THE BOLD user of LISTERINE®.  I will continue to live my life boldly and rinsing with LISTERINE®.  The only change in my routine is that I am faithfully rinsing for a full 30 seconds twice a day and I have included LISTERINE® HealthyWhite after learning that it gives you stain removing results in just 5 days!

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Join me and start living your life boldly, proudly and rinsing with LISTERINE® twice a day! 

 

  

Lemon Meringue Bars

These lemon meringue bars are so delicious and every bit as special as my grandmother’s pies.
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Lemon Meringue brings me straight back to my childhood, watching my grandmother make her special lemon meringue pie.  She made the most delicious lemon meringue pie and it was part of every special holiday dinner.  It is also one of the few recipes that did not get passed down to me before her passing.  I suspect I did not ask for this recipe because lemon meringue pie has always been a bit intimidating to me.  I remember watching her for hours and hours preparing her special pie.

These lemon meringue pie bars were just what I needed to honor my grandmothers memory with a special treat for my boys.  Special is an understatement.  These lemon meringue bars were so delicious and every bit as special as my grandmother’s pies.  

Lemon Meringue Bars
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Flour
  2. 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  3. 1 Stick Butter, cut into cubes
  4. 6 Large Eggs
  5. 2 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  6. 3/4 Cup Lemon Juice
  7. Zest from 2 Lemons
Meringue
  1. 2 Large Egg Whites (no yoke can be in it at all)
  2. 4 TBSP Sugar
  3. 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix Flour and powdered sugar together. Mix in butter using either a fork or your hands to create dough. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. Than place your dough in and smush down with your fingers forming a even crust.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes until getting golden around the edges. Remove from oven.
  4. Now for the filling.... Beat 6 eggs, 2 1/4 cups of sugar, lemon juice, and zest with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust, bake for 20 minutes or until filling is firm and not giggly to the shake. Remove from oven and let cool. Place in the fridge for a bit to cool even more.
  5. Meringue..... Start beating your egg whites with your mixer on high speed. As your egg whites start to get frothy, slowly start adding in your sugar and vanilla extract. Keep beating until your egg whites have stiff peaks.
  6. Cut your bars into nice sized squares and than either spoon on meringue or pipe it on to give it an extra special look. Brown under the broiler.
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Ratchet And Clank Movie Review

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IN THEATERS FRIDAY!

  Cast: James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward, Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Marc Graue, Alessandro Juliani, Dean Redman, Armin Shimerman, Sylvester Stallone, Bella Thorne, & Lee Tockar Director: Kevin Munroe Co-Director: Jerrica Cleland My Favorite crush in the movie: Clank of course!  

Two very unlikely heroes struggle to stop a terrible alien, Chairman Drek (Paul Giamatti) from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet (James Arnold Taylor) is a sweet “Lombax” who is the last of his species on a backwater planet, Veldin.  He grew up on his own having no family at all, having crash landed on Veldin as an infant and taken in by Grimroth (John Goodman), a local ship mechanic, who is more like a dad than a boss.  Clank (David Kaye) is a pint-sized robot who is not very fierce at all.  Clank is a living computer who has access to tons of information but is more like a child than a super smart computer.  Ratchet had just failed at trying to become a Galactic Ranger and was laughed at.  He was so depressed that he sadly decided he should learn his lesson and dream smaller.  Clank was involved in a crash that landed him on Ratchet’s planet and was quickly rescued by Ratchet.  Just in time to help Ratchet save his planet.  They had stumbled upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets.  They joined forces with the same Galactic Rangers that Ratchet was made to feel he would never be good enough to be.  Along the way they discovered many things, like a true friendship, heroism, discovering their own self worth and most of all confidence.     ratchet clank clank Overall thoughts of the movie: I love family movies that are more than an adorable movie. I love family movies that teach valuable lessons when no one realizes they are being taught.  Ratchet & Clank does just that.  It teaches so many valuable lessons: self confidence; don’t give up; dream big or dream small; be a hero; be a friend; fight for what you believe in; fight for what is right. My favorite line in the movie was, “To be a hero you don’t have to do big things, you just need to do the right ones.” Well, that hit me like a ton of bricks; it was that impactful. The lessons taught are all lessons I aspire to teach my sons. These alone are enough good reason to make this a must see movie for your family.  Adding that the story line is as adorable, as its characters, and this movie is more than a must see.  

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Raspberry Iced Tea

Get your rocking chair ready because it’s exactly where you will want to be sitting while sipping this delicious Raspberry Iced Tea.  There is nothing better to cool down on a hot summer day.
raspberry iced tea Summer is coming and my porch is the perfect place to enjoy a nice cup of Raspberry Iced Tea.  I waited many years to finally have a great porch that is just perfect for enjoying a cool breeze, rocking in my rocking chair and sipping on my iced tea.  There is nothing like a cup of homemade raspberry iced tea.   This tea is super easy to make and you will be making it often.  Keep a batch in the fridge at all times.  You just never know when the breeze will be blowing and your rocking chair will be calling.

Raspberry Iced Tea
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Sugar
  2. 7 Cup Water
  3. 3 Oz Fresh Raspberries
  4. 3 Tea Bags
Instructions
  1. Bring Sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add in your raspberries. Crush your raspberries while in the pot, you can use the back of a large spoon for this. Turn off heat and let sit until cooled, aprx. 25-30 minutes.
  2. Boil 6 cups of water. Add tea bags in and let steep for about 5 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Strain raspberries from syrup. Mix syrup and tea into pitcher and continue to let chill in the fridge.
  4. Serve over ice with fresh raspberries.
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