Saturday, August 30, 2014

Pecan Pie Muffins, Oatmeal Cake With Coconut Frosting & Giveaway

 Disclosure:I receive products from The Gourmet Cupboard free of charge as a Brand Ambassador.
This summer  new gourmet mixes were  introduced from the fantastic company, The Gourmet Cupboard that you can purchase. I have made and reviewed several of them including  Mojito Fruit Salad, Overnight Cinnamon Buns and now making an Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting. With my busy lifestyle, I like  using the mixes because I only need a few ingredients to add to them, and I have an excellent dessert or main dish. With fall approaching, I can't wait to make some of the fall mixes such as the Pumpkin Roll and Pumpkin Bread.  I received the Pecan Pie Muffins with my last order. I love this mix; it is one of my favorites. If you like pecan pie, this mix is for you.

I didn't get to make my Oatmeal Cake With Coconut Pecan Frosting
until  late because my air conditioning went out yesterday and had to
get that fixed. So, I stayed at my friend Linda's  house until I could come back home.

This cake is easy to make. Just add a  few ingredients to the mix and frosting, and
you have a delicious moist cake your family will love. Bake
for 20 to 25 minutes. Simple, easy, quick and delicious, a new Gourmet Cupboard mix .

 The Gourmet Cupboard  is sponsoring a giveaway this month to a lucky reader of Welcome To My Kitchen.You can win a $20 credit to shop for the mixes of your choice. The Gourmet Cupboard even has a selection of Gourmet Coffees, seasonings and coatings, Asian cuisine, gourmet salads, savory and sweet dips, diabetic friendly sugar-free mixes and much more.

Be sure to check out the September special.You can get a free coffee of your choice with the purchase of one of several breakfast foods. September is breakfast food month.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tea Tree Oil Review~ Making My Own Laundry Detergent

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

 I wash clothes every Friday night. I usually buy Gain Detergent, or
Tide. I go through detergent like crazy and spend quite a bit of money buying it.I always have  wanted to make homemade laundry detergent and have seen several post on Pinterest about this.Laundry is a chore around here, and I am usually not too thrilled about it.  But yesterday was different. I  was excited about trying out my homemade laundry detergent for the first time. I  wait till about 8  or 9 on Friday night to do laundry but decided  to do it a little earlier.

While loading my laundry, I was a little worried my clothes would not get clean.I noticed when the machine filled with water and started to wash there were little or no suds, and I have read that this is normal for homemade laundry detergent. I later returned to put my clothes in the dryer, and what do you know, my clothes were so clean and bright! I couldn't believe my eyes.  I am so thrilled. I will never have to buy the name brand detergents again.

The original recipe calls for a  laundry bar, I could not find this at HEB where I buy groceries, and there was not time to go to Walmart, so I used a regular  bar of   soap that I had at home. Next time I will look for some laundry soap or ivory soap to use.

 First I grated the soap with a cheese grater added the washing soda, Borax and 30 drops of APOTHECARY Tea Tree Oil. I received this oil to review last week.This oil has a very strong aroma but smells   good to me. You  have to be cautious not to add too much while preparing the recipe. Tea Tree Oil has many uses. You can make homemade household cleaners, use as a mouthwash, good for burns or itch relief, oven cleaning, making potpourri, or you can make dryer sheets, how cool is that? I mixed all this together and added the mixture to my blender to break up the soap and grind into a powder.

The recipe guide shows  53  ways to use Tea Tree Oil at home.
I found this intriguing. I have never used this before. What is
Tea Tree Oil? Tea Tree Oil is an oil harvested from leaves of a  tree
Native to Australia. And contains no preservatives, artificial colors, fragrances, parabens, mineral oil, chemical solvents or petroleum.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Super Washing Soda(not baking soda)
1 bar of laundry soap or ivory, or soap of your choice, grated.
30 drops or APOTHECARY Tea Tree Oil

Mix ingredients together. Add to blender and grind to a fine powder.
Store in airtight container. I use about 1/2 per load.. enjoy making you own money saving detergent.

I can't wait to try out the other recipes in the guide. Have you used
Tea Tree Oil? If so, comment and let me know how you liked it. I loved making homemade laundry detergent, hope you will try it. You can purchase  this product on Amazon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Polmedia Polish Pottery Review

Disclosure: I received Polmedia Polish Pottery free of charge to review. All thoughts and 
opinions are my own.

I love pottery pieces, but have never owned any polish pottery.When contacted  on my Welcome To My Kitchen fan page by Polmedia Pottery and asked to review one of their pottery pieces, I was thrilled. 

I immediately  went to Polmedia Polish Pottery & Stoneware to view the pottery pieces. Polmedia has over 66,556 products,3,780 different shapes and 4,429 patterns.The warehouse  located  in Seguin  Texas near San Antonio  houses an extensive selection of beautiful imported polish pottery.

The artists paint the pottery using intricate detail to create a beautiful original masterpiece. I noticed on the website the pottery had beautiful, vibrant colors. The artists use  underglazes to create designs and patterns, signs the piece, and the pottery is  glazed and fired, which brings  out the beauty in each piece.

This stoneware lasts a lifetime, is microwave safe, oven safe and  for everyday use. Free shipping on items over 99 dollars. I could spend hours searching  for  all the pieces I want to purchase. Polmedia
has items on sale, new arrivals and is a Google trusted store.

I used this beautiful plate to showcase my Overnight Cinnamon Buns
I made for another review. I am going to order some additional pieces today, to use in my food photos.  This year I will be purchasing some beautiful  polish pottery for my mom and my 
sister for Christmas. I know they will love it.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lola Granola Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a variety of Lola Granola Bars free of charge for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

I got to try the most amazing granola, and I am so glad I did.
I am a huge fan of granola. I make my own sometimes, and I love it.

I received  a variety of Lola Granola Bars to review including  The Ruby with cranberries, The Lola with almonds and cranberries, The Enzo with cashews and almonds, The Nathan with blueberries and almonds and The Ellie with cashews and dates. Lola Granola is gluten free, all natural and Non-GMO.Over 50% organic ingredients, dairy and soy  free.

I enjoy these bars  in the mornings before work  and pack in my lunch for an afternoon snack. Lola Granola where have you been all my life? I love foods that are Non-GMO and organic. The tastiest
granola may very well be, in my opinion Lola Granola. 

About Lola Granola Bars:
Mary Molina was a stay at home mom with four kids. Her husband was forced to close  their business when the economy crashed. While taking on a new job and eating junk food to save money, he asked Mary  to pick him up  a bar, or something he could eat  at work. While struggling to find a healthy bar at the grocery store, she came up with a healthy recipe and started making delicious granola bars, naming them Lola Granola. Her husband, friends and family loved them.

She began selling her bars at her husband's work, and before she knew it, this great  idea evolved into a thriving business that is still growing. Each bar  named after her kids and her nephew. Wow, what a success story.. love it!

I fell in love with the taste of all the Lola Granola Bars, and I  am giving  Lola Granola a thumbs up review. Be sure  to like the Lola Granola Facebook page and follow on Twitter. Here is a
list of retail stores that carry these yummy granola bars.

The Giveaway:
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Friday, August 15, 2014

TGC New Summer Mixes & Old Favorites

I received another shipment of delicious Gourmet Cupboard Mixes
a couple of weeks back and wanted to share with you some of the new
mixes that I have made and some old favorites.

This morning I made some Overnight  Cinnamon Buns, a new mix from the Gourmet Cupboard.I used Rhodes frozen rolls  to make this recipe. You simply add ten  rolls to a well -greased bundt pan, pour in the mix and top with pats of butter. I let this rise overnight and put it in the oven first thing this morning.
I loved the sticky  pecan caramel goodness.

 I made the Mojito Fruit Salad the other day and loved it.Just add ten cups of fruit to the mix and add a little water and stir.I used a variety of fruit.. pineapple, mango, strawberries
and  mixed berry blend.  This mix has spearmint in  it. Perfect
for  the summer.I want to try adding watermelon next time.

Dreamsicle Pie, imagine an orange dreamsicle in a pie.This is an old favorite of mine. So easy to make. Just add cream cheese, vanilla and the Dreamsicle mix and blend well.
Pour into a ready made graham cracker crust, chill until set.

Caramel Apple Dip, one of my favorite Gourmet Cupboard dips.
Add cream cheese, contents of the Gourmet Cupboard Caramel Apple dip mix, vanilla and blend well.  You have a fruit dip that will wow your party guests. I bought some apples and strawberries to serve with this delicious  dip.

Visit The Gourmet Cupboard  website to see all the delicious quick, easy family friendly mixes to try in your  home. Great for busy moms on the go.

 I am  enjoying working with The Gourmet Cupboard, and bringing
to you all the delicious  ways you can use the mixes to make 
easy, delicious gourmet meals and desserts in your home.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Vita Nut Milk Bag~ Making My Own Juice Review, Giveaway

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I love fruit juice, but most juices in the stores contain a lot of sugar.I do not have a juicer at home, so when I received the opportunity to review the Vita Milk BagI love fruit juice, but most juices in the stores contain a lot of sugar.I do not have a juicer at home, so when I received the opportunity to review the Vita Milk Bag  I knew  I wanted to try making fresh fruit juice.

I purchased a variety of frozen fruit including peaches, mixed berries, mango and strawberries to make my first recipe using the Vita Milk Bag. I also picked up some fresh fruit apples, grapes and strawberries.

The Vita Milk Bag can be used to make almond milk, cold brew coffee, juice and much more. Made from fine mesh weave that is non-clogging tear resistant, premium stitch and fabric, round bottom  with no waste.

I didn't use a recipe for this review. I simply added  a bag of frozen peaches, a few apples and grapes to my blender with about two cups of water and pulsed until liquefied.

I placed the bag over a glass and poured in my  fruit mixture but soon discovered  I would need a bowl to strain my juice. This process was quite messy, but I was amazed of the results.

After pouring in my fruit mixture. I drew the string of the bag and squeezed out the juice. All the pulp stayed in the bag; I was having so much fun. I have never made juice like this before, and I do not own a juicer but I loved doing this.

I can make fresh vegetable and fruit juices to take with me to work. this will be a healthier alternative than  drinking sodas. For those who like almond milk this bag is great for that too. I have not tried an almond or nut milk recipe yet but would like to.

Want to try this  product in your home? You can win a Vita Nut Milk and start making fruit, vegetable juices and nut milks in your kitchen.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Beyond Meat Taco Night~ Recipe, Review, Giveaway


 Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received compensation for this review. All thoughts
and opinions are my own.
I have never tried Beyond Meat, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Because of my busy day
 I wanted  to try a quick and easy recipe using my Beyond Meat Crumbles.I picked up some of my favorite taco shells, diced red, yellow and green bell peppers, taco seasoning and cheese for this

About Beyond Meat:

Beyond Meat is a plant based alternative to ground beef and is 100% vegan, cholesterol free, soy free, non-gmo, kosher and certified gluten free way to replace meat in your diet.   Ethan Brown founded  The Beyond Meat Company. He is  very   passionate about health, conserving our natural resources, making positive changes that will impact the climate  and respecting the welfare of animals.

The Recipe Taste Test

Beyond Meat Tacos
One package Beyond Meat Beefy Crumbles
1 cup mixed diced peppers(red, green and yellow)
1 Tbsp olive oil
One package Taco Seasoning
1 cup water
Taco Shells

In skillet heat olive oil and saute peppers until softened. Add  dry taco seasoning to peppers and stir. Add Beyond Meat Crumbles and water.Simmer until  thickened.  Assemble tacos and add your choice of toppings.I added  a  sprinkle of cheese.

I loved the taste of Beefy Crumbles. It has a taste and texture of real meat. I am so glad I tried Beyond Meat Crumbles I didn't think a meat alternative could ever taste so good. I am  impressed.

The Giveaway 
Enter our giveaway and everyone who enters will get a coupon for a free Beyond Meat product to try. Five lucky winners will receive some Awesome SWAG kits that contain a Tshirt, hat and coupons for Beyond Meat Products.  One  person will receive A SWAG kit, and $100 gift card to purchase Beyond Meat products from their local retailer. One very lucky person will receive A SWAG kit, and $100 gift card to purchase Beyond Meat products from the retailer of their choosing. How great is that?


Try Beyond Meat  products in your home and see just how good this product is. You can choose from  Beefy or Feisty flavors. TheBeefy flavor is great for pasta sauce, pizza and more. The feisty
 flavor is great for tacos and chili.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Salazon Organic Dark Chocolate Review & Giveaway

Disclosure: I received free of charge Salazon Chocolate Bars  for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

There are two things I cannot do without no matter how hard I try, chocolate and coffee. I love chocolate anything and have tried many
brands of chocolate. I received the opportunity to review 8 bars
of Salazon Organic Chocolate. I love to try organic products. 
 I have never tried organic chocolate, so I was very excited. 

I received my box  by UPS. I was not home the first time  UPS tried to deliver, so I had to wait until the next day  to receive my package. The box was packed with a cold pack to keep the chocolate cool. I was worried about it melting because here in Texas the heat is scorching during the summer months.. To my surprise the chocolate was not melted even though the cold pack was no longer cold.  This chocolate company knows how to package their product very well.

I received eight chocolate bars to review.. dark chocolate with sea salt and almonds, dark chocolate with organic cayenne pepper and sea salt, dark chocolate with organic coconut, dark chocolate with sea salt and organic caramel, dark chocolate with sea salt and organic, crushed coffee, dark chocolate with organic cracked pepper, dark chocolate with sea salt and dark chocolate with organic turbinado sugar.

I knew right away which bar I was going to try first. I love coffee, so this decision was easy.I opened the package and broke off a piece to try. I noticed that the bars had a whitish appearance which appears because of humidity during shipping, and the cold pack to keep the chocolate from melting. Although  looking a bit unappetizing this did not affect the taste
or quality of the chocolate at all. I loved this bar.

The next day I tried the dark chocolate bar with cayenne pepper.  It was amazing and had just a hint of spiciness that gave the chocolate a kick. The last bar I tasted , the dark chocolate with cracked pepper It was ok, but I liked the cayenne chocolate bar better.

Overall I think Salazon Chocolate is delicious and would recommend you try it. Would you like to win eight bars of Salazon Organic Chocolate to try? Enter our great chocolate giveaway below for your chance to win.

 Official Rules~ The Giveaway

 US residents only,18 and over. I will email the winner of the giveaway, and if the winner has not responded within 48 hours, another winner will be notified. Product will be shipped directly from the company. Welcome To My Kitchen  is not responsible for the shipment of   product. This giveaway may or may not be promoted on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites This is for promotion only and is no way affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites. By entering this giveaway, you agree to release and the sponsor from any injury, loss or damage to person due to the use or misuse of product.