May 272016
 

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I love Master Chef and here is Chef Luca Manfè winner of season 4 sharing his recipe for Lemon Icing Panettone.  You can watch the video HERE.   It is a deliciously decadent, but most importantly simple Lemon Icing Bauli Panettone.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • ½ lemon juice
  • Bauli Panettone

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, thoroughly sift the icing sugar. Gradually add the warm water.
  2. Stir vigorously by adding a few drops of lemon juice: you can use a spoon or spatula.
  3. The frosting should have a fairly smooth consistency.
    For a more liquid consistency, add more warm water.
    (Otherwise just add more powdered sugar.)

Chef Luca Manfe

Here is a bit more about Chef Luca Manfè ~ who has been in the restaurant business since he was 16 years old, working in a pub in his small hometown in Northeast Italy. When he turned 21, he started to travel the world, working in Italy, Australia, Florida, and New York.  He had the privilege and honor to work with great chefs, experiencing ingredients and techniques from different cuisines. Ultimately, he landed in New York City, in pursuit of the American dream.  Fast forward ten years, and Luca has certainly achieved what he set out to accomplish. Today, Luca is a successful cookbook author, releasing his first cookbook, “My Italian Kitchen,” in May, 2014.  He also runs a small catering company called “Dinner with Luca,” and serves as brand ambassador for Italian confectionary company, Bauli. Luca is the first male (and non-American) to win the title of MasterChef USA.

 

 

Kaisy1

May 272016
 

IMG_0552(1)Everyone needs a Little Black Dress. Here is Avon’s Little Black Dress – it is the perfect embodiment of classic elegance.  The Little Black Dress is the first in a new collection designed for the woman who appreciates the finer things in life. The scent debuts in a midnight-black cap with peek-a-boo pump and black backed bottle featuring accents in shimmering gold. prod_1186598_xl

Not only is the bottle pretty but it smells wonderful too.   It has sparkling citrus notes of fresh Italian lemon oil, sourced from the finest lemon groves in Italy. The scent develops to reveal a delicate floral heart of exotic white jasmine essence, prized for its sensual and intoxicating aroma. Warm and captivating sandalwood finishes the scent, with deeply creamy, woody notes.

I really love the scent – it makes me feel very feminine when I wear it.  I think the scent is pretty light and it lingers for a long time without having to reapply it.  I have gotten many complements when I have used it.  It is perfect for a night on the town just like a little black dress!  You can wear it anytime you need to feel a little more sexy!

You can find Little Black Dress on HERE on Avon.com or from your Avon Representative.

Kaisy1

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May 272016
 

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The Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine collection is inspired by the serene setting of the Convent in the South of France, this collection will help mom indulge in a moment of perfect calm. The collection features a selection of premium goods designed to help steal away a few moments each day to reflect and restore. From the nourishing hand cream to the blissful pillow mist to indulge in total relaxation, each product offers a moment of pure calm.

I love the nice calm relaxing smell of the  Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine collection.  I have the cologne which has such a nice soft fragrance. You can smell the lavender and bergamot, they blend so well together.  Just wearing the cologne makes me feel relaxed.

I also have the Relaxing Shower Gel from the e Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine collection and it is very nice – I like the lather. It leaves behind a nice fragrance.  My bathroom always smells so good.

I find that the fragrance from the e Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine collection leaves me feeling calm and refreshed – they remind me of being in the country and just enjoying nature.  I can’t wait to try some of the other products from the collection.  You can find the collection HERE and also select products can be found at Ultra.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

May 232016
 

Summer is almost here, and it’s nearly time to start barbecuing. When the weather is fine, but not too hot, you can spend every day grilling outside if you want to. Unfortunately, we all have other things we have to do. But if we could have outdoor parties all day, many of us would no doubt do it. If you love hosting BBQs, you should start preparing for a summer of grilling now. By the time summer is in full spring, you will be able to host the most epic backyard parties. Everyone will be talking about your gatherings and desperate to be invited to the next one. Here’s how to get ready for a hot BBQ summer.

Get a New Grill

If you don’t have a grill or your current one is looking worn out, you need to buy one. There’s a lot of choice, though. How are you meant to pick the right one for you? The important thing is to think about your needs. If you only occasionally grill for four or five people, you won’t need anything big. If you want to cater for all your friends and family, you’re going to need something more heavy duty. You might be keen to not have to attend to the grill at all times. You can get grills that are less work than others. According to Fire Food Chef, the REC TEC Pellet Grill is a step ahead of other grills, thanks to its Smart Grill technology. It keeps the temperature of the grill even, so you don’t have to keep track of how much fuel you’re adding.

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Prepare Your Backyard

You also need somewhere to host your barbecues, which is usually your backyard. You might sometimes have them at the beach or elsewhere, but it’s easier at home. Think about how you should set up the space for the parties you want to host. Having somewhere to sit down and eat is always going to be a bonus for your guests. Sometimes everyone might stand up and mill around, but some people want to sit. You might want to think about evenings too. As it starts to get dark, will you have lighting so that everyone can stall outside for longer?

Find Some Awesome Recipes

You probably have a favorite dish that everyone asks you to make. But it’s no fun cooking the same things every time. Half the fun of barbecuing is trying out some new dishes and experimenting with flavors. Barbecues can take lots of forms, from traditional soul food to Korean barbecue. Find some recipes to try out and discover something new.

Plan Your First BBQ

Now everything is organized, it’s time to kick off BBQ season. You should think about when you want to host your first one and who you’re going to invite. Maybe there’s an event you want to celebrate, like the end of the year at college.
Hosting BBQ parties can be fun, and they’re not too much work. Keep things informal and no one will have to get stressed out.

Kaisy1

May 202016
 

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Now that winter is over  you show more of your skin and you want it to look soft and smooth. That is why I am excited to tell you about Zim’s Max Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula.  It is a nice creamy lotion that helps heal cracked dry skin.  What I really like is how it soaks into my skin easily.  It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy ~ just nice and soft.

The Zim’s Max Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula is great for cracked dry fingers and hands. It is also great for those rough feet, knees and elbows.  I like to use it a couple times during the day.  My hands were looking and feeling really dry  after the winter weather ~ they now look a lot better and feel better.

Zim’s is well know for all the great products that help make your skin look and feel soft and healthy. The Zim’s® brand is dedicated to bringing you innovative naturally-based products that live up to their brand promise in every way. Our goal is to improve the lives of consumers with our brands that include over 25 products that are packed with the best of nature and range from skin care to pain relief gels.

You can find the Zim’s Max Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula and all of the great Zim’s product nationwide at many stores including Rite Aid and Walmart or buy it on line HERE.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

May 202016
 

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It is spring time!  One of the things I like best about spring and summer is that I like my fingers and toes to sparkle. IIMG_0567t seems when the sun is out I want to shine.  I recently found these Preciosa crystals which are great way to make your nails sparkle.

The above design is nude polish, minimal design with some bling.  It is easy to do and they look great.  I think these would be so fun to do with a friend.  You can make all kind of designs.  The Preciosa Crystals come in sparkly crystals, pearl and Cabochons flat stones.  They come in a variety of colors and sizes; sure to look perfect with every outfit!

These sparkly Preciosa crystals would be great for all kinds of projects ~ your nails, scrap booking, and card making.  You can find more about Preciosa Crystals HERE.

 

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

 

May 172016
 

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Some days I feel like I don’t even have a chance to eat my lunch I am so busy. It doesn’t matter if you are racing around in your car dropping your kids off or going from meeting to meeting  SunRype USA has the perfect way for you to take a quick break.  They offer a whole line of snack bars and two new energy and fruit & Chia bars.

These bars are perfect to eat while you wait for your kids to finish their practice or in between meetings. The Fruit & Chia come in Mango Twist and Apple Cinnamon.  You get the delicious taste of fruit, plus vital nutrients to help you feel your best every day. Double win!  Which I just love.

I also like the Energy bars – there are two flavors – Raspberry Chocolate and Chocolate Coconut but taste great! They taste amazing and our energetic blend of pea protein, green tea and ginseng, delivers a feel-good boost. They are perfect to give you just a bit more energy to keep going!

I have some of both stashed in my car and at my desk at work – they are a great healthy snack for anytime of day!  You can find them nationwide or on Amazon.com.

Kaisy1

 

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

May 132016
 

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I bring my lunch to work every day so these Meal Prep 7-Pack Portion Control Food Containers #PrepRX are perfect for me.  They are great for portion control with the three compartments.  They are great for preparing a healthy meal for lunch.  It helps me stay on track with my fitness plan.  It also saves me money so I don’t have to buy my lunch everyday.  Rex normally takes left overs so these work great for him too.

What is really nice about the containers is that they stack one on top of another in the fridge.  They also seal tight so no worries about my food leaking out.  They are reusable so a pack of 7 will last me a long time. The PrepRx Meal Prep Containers are durable and are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. I have used them in the microwave and dishwasher and have not noticed any discoloration or warping.

The containers are FDA-certified and BPA-free so no worries about toxins leaking into your food.  If you bring your lunches to work or school these containers would be perfect for you.  If you would like to purchase your own PrepRx Meal Prep Containers  you can do so on the link below from Amazon.com.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

May 122016
 


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I recently bought a new iPhone 6 and have been looking for a case for it.  I found this Digiocean Blue Fashion Frosted Hard Phone Back Case With Leather Back Cover for iPhone6 plus  #iPhone6plus.  It is really nice looking and is made out of leather.  It looks like it will last a long time.

One of my favorite features is that it has a frosted frame – so it will not easily slip from your hand. It is also comfortable to hold.  It also has bumpers so it protects your phone if you do drop it.  It also helps protect against scratches. I also found it easy to put on and take off.

I like the blue color and that it looks fashionable.  It is something I will use for a long time.  If you would like to get your own fashionable iPhone 6 Plus cover on the link below from Amazon.com.

Kaisy1

 

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

May 102016
 

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Last week Rex and I were on vacation in Las Vegas. We did not come home as big winners.   I was worried that going on vacation would ruin my new way of eating.  Well I did go off my plan a bit, but I didn’t gain any weight!  I am down 38 pounds!!  We did do a lot of walking so I am sure that helped. I also found I am not really interested in sugary foods or carbs like I use to eat.  They just make me tired and feel blah.  IMG_0563

I was happy to come home and get back to eating my meals from Personal Trainer Food.  I have been on other programs like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem but the food is much better from Personal Trainer Food.  The portions are a nice size.  The Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breast, Garlic Herb Chicken Breast and the Teriyaki Chicken are some of my favorites and they are nice size portions and taste great!  I also like the cheese omelets that come with bacon or sausage.  The vegetables you get are good too – the broccoli and cauliflower are my favorite but they have lots of variety.  They are much better than other frozen vegetables you can buy. You don’t even need to buy any other food if you don’t want.  I like having salads so I add them to menu daily.

I am happy that I found Personal Trainer Food and am so happy with my success so far.  I know I have a way to go – but with Personal Trainer Food program I will be able to keep up my good success.  With the great food and the availability to ask questions and get help when you need it anyone can follow this plan and loose weight.  Check out Personal Trainer Food for yourself HERE.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.