2/11/16

4 Ingredient Super Easy English Toffee Recipe

Valentine's is just a few days away.  I'll be getting a great lunch, and a shrimp and oyster dinner.  Of course, hubby will be there.  But I want to make him his top favorite decadent candy, Toffee, or as he calls it Butter Brickle.

This is super easy to make, and turns out great every time.

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter (margarine may be used, but to me doesn't taste as great)
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (I've used almonds, walnuts and pecans with great success)

Directions:

Butter a 9x13 inch dish.  Sprinkle chopped nuts into dish. 



Heat sugar and butter to to boiling in a heavy 2 quart saucepan, stirring constantly. 

Reduce heat to medium and cook 5-7 minutes or 300 degrees F. 

Be careful not to burn mixture.











Pour this mixture on top of nuts. 

Quickly spread in dish and top with the semi chocolate chips. 

The chocolate chips will begin to melt as you spread them across the toffee mixture. 


 May top with additional nuts as desired.



4 Ingredient English Toffee

May want to score the toffee into sections.  Let cool approximately 1 hour.  Break into bite sized pieces if did not score. Eat and Enjoy.  Store in airtight container if it lasts that long.


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2/10/16

Large Room Color Changing Diffuser

Details:  InnoGear offers a 500ml water capacity Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser. It can run up to 8 hours in high mist mode and 17 hours in low mist mode continuously. Will scent a 430 square foot room and help humidify up to 270 square foot room.



Mist is cool almost dry.  Has 4 timer settings, 60 minutes, 120 minutes, 180 minutes and continuous mode. Option for strong or weak mist.

Has 7 LED Color Changes.  Makes a great romantic night light, or regular night light.  Can set to keep a specific color on.

Runs quiet and has auto shut off.

My Review:  I'm always looking for great diffusers.  This one is so cool, literally.  I love the 7 different colors that rotate as diffuser is running.  I also like being able to select a favorite color and let it stay that way.  The mist is cool and dry feeling.  I placed this on my bamboo flooring and not a single drop of moisture any where on my floor.  I had this running for 120 minutes straight.  


Notice Mist at Top of Diffuser
One of the features that I like is that I can use the filtered water from my fridge instead of always having to use distilled water.  My husband was excited that he could smell the essential oils within a couple of minutes in his office, (second floor back bedroom), while the diffuser was in another bedroom on the first floor.  He's the first one to turn on the diffuser each morning.  He sets the timer for 120 minutes.  Sometimes he will set it again in the late afternoon.  His favorite scent for our house is lemon essential oil, although eucalyptus is a close second. 



We both love how the InnoGear 500ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser can fill our first and second floors with any essential oil scent we choose in just minutes.  It is awesome. This is certainly larger than 430 square foot room, but we do have a grand family room (aka...a 20 foot ceiling open to the upstairs) which allows for this diffuser to work very well for us.


Weak Mist
Now my husband is excited to find other essential oil scents for our home.  We have tried aroma therapy oils in this diffuser, all with great results.  Of course, the aroma therapy oils require more than just a drop or two, as they are not as highly concentrated as essential oils.  Changing out the various scents is as easy as washing the water tank with dish soap and rinsing well.

The feature I really like, next to the 7 LED colors this diffuser has, is that it is also a humidifier that has an option to let off a weak or a strong mist.  The mist is a cool dry mist. Currently we live in a very humid climate, and I was very worried about putting more moisture into the air.  I no longer have this worry at all.  Even my husband was concerned about it, and seriously kept checking the floor and furniture all around the diffuser every 5 minutes.  After the first hour he realized that the mist was "dry" and therefore, no moisture on anything.  He's sold.  Yeah!!!



Strong Mist
Innogear Color Changing EO Diffuser
Another great feature is the waterless auto shut off.  We never have to worry about the unit burning up, or any thing else more serious.  This is an all around great product.

Pros:  Awesome diffuser that covers a large area.  Like the dry cool mist.  Like being able to use filtered water from fridge.  Very easy it is to change out the water/eo mix.  Oh, and did I mention I love the changing colors.

Cons: None.

My Rating:  A Huge Thumbs UP!!!  
Disclaimer:  I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  I highly recommend this product. Makes a great gift for Valentine's, House Warming Gift, Wedding Showers, Weddings, New Mothers, Great for College Kids, Families, Anniversaries, Birthdays, etc.


2/5/16

Instant Read Digital Food Thermometer

Details:  Alpha Grillers Instant Read Thermometer is an ultra fast digital cooking tool.  Comes with BBQ Internal Meat Temperature Chart.  It has a 4-7 second readout for ºF/ºC, has auto shut off and a Hold feature.  Measures from -50 degrees F to 572 degrees F. Has a high precision temperature sensor which is accurate to + or - 1 degree F. Great for use when grilling on gas barbecue or turkey fryer, making candy, using hot oil to deep fry, etc.  Comes with 100% money back lifetime guarantee.

My Review:  I've always relied on my old school meat thermometer when cooking meat.  Being old school, my read outs could take several minutes with the oven door open trying to get the read.  That is now a thing of the past.  Yeah.

Alpha Grillers Instant Read Thermometer is so awesome to use.  Just like they say, it is instant, well ok, so maybe 5 seconds compared to 5 minutes or so.  It has this hold feature.  When you measure the temperature of your food, you can push the hold button, and it will keep the last temperature read on the thermometer.  That way, when you measure again, you won't forget what it was, and where it needs to be.

I like how the metal probe is spring loaded, and fits snuggly in the handle when not in use.  Makes for better storage.  The auto shut off of the thermometer is nice too.  Doesn't wear down the battery down as fast.  This nice kitchen gadget is splash proof, so when cooking candy, it's ok if it gets splatters on it, or hot oil from frying, etc.  BUT, it's not waterproof, so don't just stick it in the kitchen sink filled with hot soapy water, or it'll be the end to that.  Just wipe off with wet cloth.


Great kitchen tool that will be used over and over again.

Pros:  Like the fast read outs on this thermometer.  Like the wide range of temperature measure.  Fits nicely in my hand, unlike my old school thermometer.

Cons:  None.

My Rating:  A Big Thumbs UP!!!

Disclaimer:  I did receive this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  I do recommend Alpha Grillers Instant Read Thermometer.

2/1/16

Milk Frother by Ozeri

Details:  Ozeri's Deluxe Milk Frother and Whisk comes with stand and 4-frothing attachments.  It is made from Stainless Steel.  It is petite yet powerful.  Can whip up foam in as little as 10 seconds. Great for all the various types of coffee products, hot chocolates, shakes and frappes.

Foams all kinds of milk including whole, regular, skim, soy, almond and coconut.  Comes with an egg beater to whisk eggs, soups, dressings, sauces and other non-solid food items, as well as a propeller-shaped attachment for mixing cocktails.



My Review:  Like I've mentioned before, I really like hot chocolate.  I especially love the foam from the milk in hot chocolate.  However, the foam never lasts long.  It was exciting to try out this Deluxe Milk Frother the last couple of weeks when I made hot chocolate.  First of all, this is the best for mixing hot chocolate powder in milk.  It's completely mixed with no lumps in under 5 seconds.  Go longer to get lots of bubbles on top.  It's awesome.  When I was half way through with my cup of hot chocolate, I just placed the milk frother back in my cup and had more bubbles.


The egg beater works great too.  It only takes seconds and eggs are whipped up fine and dandy. I personally think that you wouldn't want to use this to beat egg whites till stiff.  I believe the batteries would run down first.  But for whisking up whole eggs with milk for omelets or scrambled eggs works wonders.

Using it to make dressings and sauces are easy-peasy too. Like with any mixer, be sure to give yourself plenty of headroom in your container your mixing in so as to avoid any messes.

Ozeri Milk Frother
This product was a lot more fun to use than I anticipated.  Would make a fine gift.

Pros:  Love how quickly it mixes and froths.  This petite little unit has 2 speeds.  It was hard to get used to at first.  I kept pushing the button thinking I was turning it off, when in fact it sped up.  Liked how it came with the 2 AA batteries and has a satisfaction guarantee.

Cons:  The biggest complaint is that it was very hard to change out attachments.  I wasn't sure just how sturdy they would be and didn't want to bend or break them.  I've decided they are tougher than I thought, but still required using hubby's help to remove attachment the first time.

My Rating:  A Big Thumbs UP!

Disclaimer:  I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion.  I do recommend this product.  It's fun to use.