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Bang Bang Shrimp

Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

Bang Bang

Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe: We were hungry for shrimp so we asked our Facebook followers to send us shrimp recipes to make for dinner and we decided this one looked amazing…and it was!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/4 Cup Sweet Chili Sauce
3-5 Drops Sriracha Sauce
Vegetable Oil
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1 Tsp. Kosher Salt
1 Tsp. Ground Pepper
1 Pound Shelled and Devained Shrimp

In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and Sriracha. Set aside while you prepare the shrimp. In a large skillet, add 1/2 inch vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. In a shallow dish, mix together cornstarch, salt and pepper. Toss the shrimp to lightly coat.

When the oil is hot add in shrimp. Cook for a few minutes, flip and cook on the other side. The shrimp will cook quickly and turn pink when fully cooked. Don’t crowd the pan and cook the shrimp in batches. Add more oil if necessary. Once all the shrimp has been cooked, toss it in the mayonnaise mixture and eat immediately.

The shrimp is generally severed on top on a bed of lettuce, but we used white rice.

Bonefish Bang Bang Shrimp

Taste your sauce to see if there is enough heat and add more Sriracha for your desired heat.

Very easy to make and the whole family enjoyed it!

Brownie maker

Bella Ultimate Brownie Maker Review

Bella Ultimate Brownie Maker Review: Today we tested out this product that we purchased at our local Target store.

This table top appliance is about the size of a waffle maker. It come with a brownie cutter that you use to make 8 brownies at a time. The instruction manual also includes many brownie recipes that look absolutely delicious.

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For our test we used Betty Crocker Supreme Brownie Mix using the cake like brownie variation on the box. Just follow the directions on your favorite mix as normal for the Brownie Maker.

The directions to use the Bella Ultimate Brownie Maker are to heat up the unit and oil the top and bottom cooking plates as well as the brownie cutter. I used my pastry brush to do this and it worked great.

Once the unit is heated and prepared you spoon 1 tablespoon of brownie mix into each square and close the top. The direction say to cook for 8 minutes with the top closed then open the top and cook for an additional minute. I found that with my mix cooking for 6 minutes with the top closed cooked them to perfection.

Brownie Mix

After the brownies are done cooking just lift out the brownie cutter and remove the brownies from the cooking plate. I was happy with how easily the brownie cutter came out and I was left with perfectly shaped brownies. I decided to rinse off the brownie cutter between batches to ensure I was starting with a clean cutter. I repeated the oiling process for each batch and they all came out perfectly.

Bella Brownies

We think this is a great product to use when you just want to make a little treat for yourself or your family but don’t want to have a whole pan of brownies in the house. You can just mix up the whole batch and put the rest in Ziploc bags and store in the freezer for next time you are looking for a little treat.

Bella Housewares also makes quite a few other table top appliances and based on these great results we would definitely recommend their products.

Bella Ultimate Brownie Maker Review

Do you have a product that you would like us to review? Comment below.

Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Lemonade Pie Recipe

Raspberry Lemonade Pie Recipe: This is as good as it sounds! It’s one of those quick and easy recipes that you will make over and over.

Lemonade Pie

Ingredients:

6oz Keebler Graham Ready Pie Crust
8 oz Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese (1/3 less fat)
1 Packet Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade Singles
1/4 Cup Milk
8 oz Cool Whip (thawed)
1 TBLS. Sugar

Mix Cool Whip, cream cheese, Crystal Light (start with half the raspberry lemonade and taste for desired flavor), milk and sugar in bowl with mixer until completely mixed.

Lemonade Pie Filling

Using a spatula scoop the mixture unto you pie crust. Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.

Raspberry Lemonade Pie

You can garnish with fresh raspberries and a little scoop of Cool Whip on each piece.

This would be a great dessert to make for a grill out or picnic. There are a few other Crystal Light flavors that you could try: Pomegranate Cherry, Lemonade, Pink Lemonade and Fruit Punch.

Let us know if you make this recipe and what you thought in the comments below.

Beer Can Chicken

Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Beer Can Chicken Recipe: Delicious! This is one of our favorite summer time grilling recipes.

Ingredients: whole chicken, beer of your choice, butter and your favorite seasoning mix. We always make two because one is never enough.

Beer Can Chicken

Preheat grill to medium heat or 350 degrees F. Mix your favorite seasonings in a small bowl. Place a 3/4 full can of beer in the center of a plate.

Rinse chicken under cold running water. Discard giblets and neck from chicken; drain and pat dry. Rub the chicken down with softened butter. Cover the chicken with your seasoning mix, rub over the entire outside of bird. Place the chicken over the can of beer with the legs on the bottom; keep upright.

Place tin foil under the chickens on the grill to prevent flare up and burning. Close the lid and BBQ the chicken until the thermometer reads 170 degrees F. around 1.5 hours. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

If you have any left over chicken you should try our Chicken Enchilada Pasta recipe.

diy bug spray

DIY Homemade Mosquito Repellent

DIY Homemade Mosquito Repellent: We get many requests from our readers on what they want us to try out and lately many have been asking for homemade mosquito repellent.

One recipe that was sent to us was found on the website SurvivingTheStores.com. We were lucky enough to already have all of the ingredients at home.

Homemade Mosquito repellent

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:
15 drops lavender oil
3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
1/4 Cup lemon juice.
Fill bottle with water.
Shake and ready to use.

DIY Mosquito Repellent

We made 2 – 8oz bottles and are going to have two of our followers: Becky and Lisa test these out for Weve Tried It. They have both been eaten alive by mosquitoes recently and we have asked them to try it. We will update the story with their verdict on whether it works or not. We do not claim this works and will give our honest feedback.

Recently we wrote a story called ‘Home Remedies for Mosquito Bite Itch Relief.’ If you do end up getting attacked by mosquitoes check out that story here.

Have you ever made your own bug spray and had great results? We would love to hear about your recipe, leave us a comment below.

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Pasta recipe

Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe

Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe

Chicken enchilada pasta recipe. We had a contest on our Facebook page asking our followers to post a link to a recipe that they saw on Pinterest that they have been wanting to try. If we picked theirs they would win a Starbucks gift card and a WTI t-shirt.

We think the recipe was great and we’ll for sure be making chicken enchilada pasta again. Thank you Tori for the suggestion – we hope your enjoy your coffee and shirt!

The recipe came from Chef In Training blog – we have kept it pretty much the same, with just a few small tweaks.

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3 large chicken breasts (cooked and shredded)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 medium onion (diced)
1 Large red pepper (diced)
1 small can diced green chilies
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
2 10 oz. cans green chili enchilada sauce
1 10 oz. can red enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 box penne pasta
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook chicken and then shred. We did this but next time we may just buy an already cooked rotisserie chicken and just shred that. While the chicken is cooking, boil water and cook the penne pasta according to the directions on the box.

Chicken enchilada

In a deep skillet add olive oil and saute the onions for 3 minutes, then add red peppers and garlic and cook for another 3 minutes. Next, add the shredded chicken, green chiles, cumin, chili powder, salt, & enchilada sauces. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

Turn the heat to low and add cheese, stir until the cheese is melted and heated through. Next, add in the sour cream, be sure the heat is on low to keep the sour cream from curdling. Stir until sour cream is well mixed and heated through.

Drain pasta & return to pot. Pour sauce over pasta and stir well to evenly coat pasta. We garnished our pasta with a little spoonful of sour cream.

Chicken Enchilada Recipe

Other garnish suggestions are avocado, diced tomatoes, diced green onions.

No doubt we will have this again! Thanks Tori for posting this recipe on our Facebook page!

Diffuser

Ultransmit Aroma Dot Ultrasonic Diffuser Review

Ultransmit Aroma Dot Ultrasonic Diffuser Review. It is always great when you get a gift as fabulous as this one!

Ultransmit Aroma Dot

It wasn’t even in my home for 15 minutes and I already had it set up and ready to go. Pretty simple just fill the pot with water, put in 3-4 drops of your favorite oil, plug it in and it’s good to go.

My home has many different reasons for wanting this diffuser: sleepless nights, headaches, stress and the list goes on. Last night we used lavender oil for bedtime and I am not sure if it’s because of the lavender oil, but I got a great nights sleep!

Product details: Ultransmit Aroma Dot is an ultrasonic diffuser / humidifier / purifier that break up the mixture of water and essential oil into millions of micro-particles, a cold mist of air diffusers activated ingredients of the blended essential oil, which can be easily absorbed by the body and freshen the room for longer.

Diffuser is for essential oil, and depending on the type of essential oil you drop into the machines, it gives you different benefits. We called this aromatherapy. (see below)

Humidifier is for adding humidity into air, and it can help control allergies and asthma.

Hi-Tech ultrasonic purifier,  uses ultrasonic tech to break up the mixture of water and essential oil into millions of micro-particles, it also produces negative ions that have been shown in clinical studies to improve mood, while helping to purify the air.

How do you know what oils to use? It depends on what kind of results you are looking for. Here is a list for you:

Air Purify — Lemongrass , Lime , Clove Bud , Cinnamon Leaf

Allergies — Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree , Eucalyptus

Anti-Bacterial — Lime, Tuberose , Palmarosa , Lemongrass

Anti-Depressant — Palmarosa ,Lavender , Grapefruit, Rose

Headache Killer — Peppermint , Clary Sage , Grapefruit ,Ginger

Immune System Booster — Grapefruit , Tea Tree , Tangerine , Eucalyptus

Prevent Cold and Flu — Eucalyptus , Lemon , Ginger , Spearmint

Relaxing — Tuberose, Rose, Sweet Orange, Cedar wood

Sleep Well — Lavender , Jasmine, Cedar wood, Vanilla

Stress Release — Sweet Orange, Vanilla , Lemon , Rosemary

Ultrasonic aromatherapy lasts for up to 3-4 Hours – the machine automatically shuts off when the water runs out. You can purchase the Ultransmit Aroma Dot here.

What are your favorite oils? Tell us in the comments below, we would love to learn more about the benefits of different oils.

beachwaver

Sarah Potempa The Beachwaver Review

Sarah Potempa The Beachwaver was suggested to me by a friend and it worked better than she had described. Every time I see her she has that straight out of the salon perfect hair – I wanted to know her trick.

The Beachwaver

The Beachwaver is an innovative motorized ceramic rod curling iron. It can heat up to the professional temperature of 450 degrees, though this is not the temperature for everyone. The directions show the recommended temperatures for different hair types so you can choose the one that is best for you.

The Beachwaver curling iron

I am not very good with styling products so I was a little worried about attempting to use a motorized iron. After just a few practice pieces I was able to master the technique. I should mention that I have very thin, short hair and it doesn’t take curl easy.

There are left and right buttons to choose for each side of your head, as well as the GO button when you have your hair clamped in an ready to curl. I liked the fact that I was able to control the speed of the spin with the button, especially since my hair is not very long.

Beachwaver review

The process to curl my hair took about 5 minutes and I think it looks like I had it done by my stylist. I generally do not get these kind of results on my own.

The Sarah Potempa Beachwaver is available online for purchase as well as at Ulta. Watch the 2 minute video to see how easy it really is.

Do you have a must have hairstyling product you think we should try? Comment below and let us know, we love trying new things.

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Younique moodstruck lashes

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review

Younique moodstruck lashes

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review Video – This was fun! We have heard such great things about this product and it’s amazing results that we had to give it a try.  Check out the video to see what we thought!

We loved it! This is one of those products that we will for sure be using again and again!

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes is a simple three-step process that combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes.

To prepare your eyelashes for optimal results, first apply one thin coat of your own regular favorite mascara and let it dry. Then, apply Moodstruck Transplanting Gel to your lashes.

Immediately following, and while the gel is still wet, apply the Moodstruck Natural Fibers.

Reapply the Transplanting Gel a second time to secure the natural fibers onto your lashes.

Monnstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

We loved this product so much that we are having a little Younique party ourselves! If you would like to order some Moodstruck 3D Lashes click here – We think you will love them too!

You should know that we purchased this product and these are our personal views.

Have you tried Younique? What other products should we try? Comment below and let us know!

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Mosquito

Home Remedies for Mosquito Bite Itch Relief

Mosquito

Home remedies for mosquito bite itch relief – There is nothing worse than being covered in bug bites and you can’t stop the itching.

We did a little digging and came up with a list of all natural itch relief aids and our guess is that you may have most of these items in your home already!

We personally have not tried each of these remedies out, but hey it’s worth a shot. They are in no particular order so be sure to read them all.

First things first! Right when you realize that you have been bitten clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol, alcohol wipes, or plain water.

1. Honey – Use raw honey and just put a small amount on the bite to take the itch away.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar is recommended; dilute two or three cups in a bathtub of warm water to treat all-over bites, or put a few drops on cotton and wiping an individual bite.

3. Tea Tree Oil acts as an anti-inflammatory so it combats itching, swelling and pain.

4. Ice – Apply a cold ice pack to the bite. Ice numbs the nerves that conduct itching and pain so you don’t feel either.

5. Aloe Vera is very good for itching and swelling and can be very soothing.

6. 9 Volt Battery – For spider, bee, wasp, and ant bites, take a 9-voltbattery, and wet the bitten area a little bit. Put battery to the bitten area, and it will stop the action of poison and stop the hurt.

7. Preparation H it takes care of swelling and itching.

8. X Marks the Spot – Putting an X in the middle of the bite with your fingernails. This causes some pain which in-turn distracts you from the itch.

9. Apply a blend of essential oils of eucalyptus, winter green and peppermint or tea tree oil to bites every 2 to 3 hours to relieve itching and aid healing.

10. Tea bags: Natural tannins in tea act as an astringent, drawing toxins out of the skin and helping to lessen your discomfort. Press a used tea bag against your bites until the itching has subsided.

11. Toothpaste – Just a dab of toothpaste can help relieve itching of bites. It has anti-inflammatory properties, and ingredients like baking soda and menthol help to relieve the irritation.

12. Deodorant – Rub some underarm deodorant on the bite area.Try to use a non-scented deodorant if possible.

We would love to know what you use to take care of the horrible itch that comes with bug bites. Leave us a comment below.

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