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My Happy Place

My Happy Place in Somerset, Wisconsin

My Happy Place

My Happy Place in Somerset, Wisconsin. The name says it all! When I walked in the door something happened and a strong sense of calm and happiness came over me. Inviting, exciting, fresh and new…

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Yesterday was my second time browsing the beautiful, fun, one-of-a-kind pieces of art at My Happy Place  — where everything old is new again.  I can’t wait to go back!

While gathering first hand information for this story I discovered just how difficult it is to put into words what owners Brett and Cherie Link have managed to brilliantly create in the small town of Somerset, WI. So maybe I should just shout: YOU MUST MAKE THE TRIP — it will be worth it!

Unique, One-of-a-Kind, Evolving, Whimsical, Heartwarming

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I was invited to sit down in the back room to chat with Brett, Cherie and store manager extraordinaire Sheryl Amos. I was immediately in awe while listening to the amazing story of their journey.

Suffice it to say, a visit to My Happy Place is guaranteed to warm your heart because it truly is a magical destination.

You will find high-end, one-of-a-kind custom furniture, home goods, jewelry, clothing and much more, all handcrafted or repurposed by a handpicked group of local artisans.

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You won’t want to miss their grand opening on Friday, Feb. 13, from 5pm-9pm. Browse while you enjoy drinks, appetizers, 10% off your purchases and a chance to win prizes.

My Happy Place is located at 252 Main Street, Somerset, WI 54025. Be sure to follow My Happy Place on Facebook to get a first look at the newest creations to hit the floor.  Their store hours: Thursday 10-7, Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-3.

Vintage and Modern Collide

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Brett and Cherie have surrounded themselves with unique and talented artists. Sheryl Amos and Theresa Parnell came from ‘A Whimsical Place.’ Theresa is the resident Paintologist and her work is amazing. The team also includes Connie Kasella, the Furniture Whisperer, and Claire Patterson, Home Stylist. Creativity oozes from this team.

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The New Richmond News recently did an in-depth story on Somerset’s newest destination.  Check it out here.

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Orange Sesame Chicken Recipe

Orange Chicken

Orange Sesame Chicken Recipe: This is the light version of orange chicken. It was equally as good as the full calorie recipes we have used in the past.

We found this recipe on Cooking Classy blog and we will definitely be making this again. It may look like there are a lot of steps to this but it really was easy to make.

Orange chicken ingredients

8 chicken tender filets (dice into 1 inch pieces)
1 1/2 Tbsp Canola oil
Salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tsp orange zest
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp honey
2 1/2 Tbsp granulted sugar
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried ginger
2 Tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce (optional)
2 Tbsp cornstarch
Sesame seeds

Cooking instructions: Heat large skillet or Wok on medium high heat. Add canola oil, once hot add chicken pieces, season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook chicken, stirring occasionally, until it is completely cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set aside and leave the remaining oil in the pan.

Turn burner down to medium heat and return skillet to heat. Add the garlic and saute 30 seconds. Remove the skillet from heat. Add OJ, 1/4 cup chicken broth, orange zest, soy sauce, honey, sugar, onion powder, ginger, vinegar and Sriracha (if desired.) Season with salt and pepper to taste and return to heat.

Orange Chicken Sauce

Stir together cornstarch with remaining 2 Tbsp chicken broth in small bowl until blended. Pour mixture into skillet, stir constantly until sauce bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat and toss chicken in sauce mixture.

You are ready to serve. We had white rice and pea pods with almonds with our orange sesame chicken. Delicious!

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Pea Pods with Almonds Recipe

Peapods with Almonds

Looking or the perfect side dish to serve with dinner? Pea Pods with Almonds are a delicious treat and good for you.

Ingredients:

Pea Pods
Slivered Almonds
Grape Seed Oil
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
Sea Salt

peapods

You can use any kind of pan you like, we prefer a cast iron skillet. Heat up 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil (med-high heat) and toast your almonds to the half way point. Add garlic and pea pods and mix well. Season with sea salt. Stirring often so that you don’t burn your almonds on the bottom of the pan.

almonds

Be sure not to cook your pea pods for too long, they taste great when they are still at the crisp point. If you want to mix it up a little bit add a some Sriracha sauce to give the pea pods some heat.

Enjoy!

Pistachio 350

Pistachio Pudding Dessert Recipe

Pistachio dessert

Pistachio Pudding Dessert: This is hands down the best dessert I have had in a while. It’s creamy deliciousness will surely please any crowd.

Dessert Crust:

1 stick melted butter
1/2 cup flour
1 tbls sugar
1 1/2 cup crushed graham crackers

LAYER 1:

1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8oz) cream cheese
1 cup whipped cream (can substitute Cool Whip)

LAYER 2:

2 regular sized packages of instant pistachio pudding mix
3 cups milk

TOPPING:

1 cup whipped cream (can substitute Cool Whip)
chopped pistachios

Mix butter, flour, sugar and graham crackers. Press into 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350 for 20 min. Let cool.

Graham Cracker Crust

For the first layer mix powdered sugar, cream cheese and whipping cream. Spread evenly on cooled dessert crust.

first layer

Second layer, whisk together pudding mix and milk until thick and then put in refrigerator to set up. Once firm spread on top of cream cheese layer.

pistachio layer

Top the dessert off with a layer of whipping cream and chopped pistachios. Refrigerate.

dessert

Pistachio Pudding Dessert

Corn dip ingredients 350

Cheesy Sweet Corn Party Dip

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip

Cheesy Sweet Corn Party Dip: I am a lover of all things food related! When I hear cheese, bacon, jalapenos, I think yes please! This quick and easy appetizer that will have your friends surely asking for the recipe.

I made this for the Super Bowl and prep time is very quick. Fry up bacon, crumble, chop the jalapenos and green onions and that’s it.

Corn dip ingredients

1 pack of bacon (cooked and chopped)
1 12oz bag frozen sweet corn
1 jalapeno (minced)
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can Rotel (drain)
4 diced green onions

So easy! We used a small crock pot and added everything at once. Cook on low setting for around 3 hours or high for 1-1/2 hours. Stir from time to time.

Corn Dip

Serve with tortilla chips. If you are making this for a party be prepared that it will be gone faster than the time it took to make it. Don’t open your chips before it’s time to serve. We did a little taste testing before we served this delicious dip to our friends and it was half gone by half-time.

Cheesy Bacon Corn Dip Recipe

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Aspi-Rub Topical Pain Relief Review

Aspi-Rub

Aspi-Rub review: Relieving pain since 1972. Aspi-Rub spray is a life saver when is comes to any kinds of aches and pains. Not only did we try it out, we had our friends give it a try as well.

Aspi-Rub is a potent and effective topical analgesic for the temporary relief of arthritis, rheumatism, sprains, back aches, muscular aches and cramps. Just spray the affected area and gently massage for long lasting relief.

In order to give a better review we shared this product with a friend who works out everyday and suffers from sore muscles. Another who has been having knee issues. A family member who was suffering from intolerable back pain and we just it for shoulder pain that was most likely caused by stress.

In each case, everyone said the pain was taken away almost immediately. It is extremely fast acting. The only complaint was the smell. So we asked Aspi-Rub about the smell. Having been in the business for years, Anna said that the reason why all liniments have a smell is because the active pain relief and anti inflammatory ingredients all have a distinctive odor.  Aspi-Rub adds peppermint oil to the spray to lessen the odor and make it a bit more pleasant.

Personally I have used many different muscular pain creams and sprays and they all stink. I didn’t think Aspi-Rub was nearly as strong smelling as some. For me, the instant pain relief is worth a little odor. It truly works!

We are believer in Aspi-Rub and will be keeping a bottle around for all of our aches and pains. Don’t just take our word for it, you can view more testimonials here. You can watch the Aspi-Rub story below…

You can purchase Aspi-Rub here or a participating Walgreens stores.

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Flavor God Cucumber Hummus Recipe

Cucumber Hummus Flavor God

After making the delicious Sriracha Hummus we decided to try cucumber hummus. It is a toss up on which one is better, they are both really good.

The cucumber hummus was creamier than the Sriracha. I am guessing because of the water from the cucumber. The Flavor God Everything Seasoning in this recipe adds just the right touch!

Cucumber Hummus Ingredients

1 tbls minced garlic
1/4 cup Tahini
2 tbls lemon juice
1 tbls olive oil
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1 large cucumber chopped
2 tsp Flavor God Everything Seasoning

So simple! Just add all of the ingredients into your food processor and mix until smooth. Taste and add more seasoning if needed. Serve with pita chips or cut up veggies.

Be sure to pin this recipe to your Pinterest recipe board, it is a great party appetizer.

Flavor God

If you haven’t heard of Flavor God seasonings check out their website here. We can’t rave enough about how much we like them.

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Natur Personal Organic Rosehip Oil Review

Natur Rosehip oil

Recently Douglas from Natur contacted us about reviewing Natur Personal Organic Premium Rosehip Oil and we are thrilled that he did. That was the first time I had ever heard of rosehip oil so I was unsure of what to expect.

The oil is cold pressed 100% pure, unrefined and can be used as a moisturizer for your face, dry skin, hair, brittle nails, stretch marks, hyper-pigmentation, burns and anti aging. Certified by USDA, ECO certified and is the highest quality rosehip seed oil.

Check out our video review to see what we thought about Natur Personal Rosehip Oil:

You can purchase Natur Personal Organic Rosehip Oil on the link below.

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Sriracha Hummus Recipe

Sriracha Hummus Recipe

How about a little hummus with a kick! If you saw our Sriracha Cauliflower Bites recipe the other day, then you know we love Sriracha.

Sriracha Hummus is incredibly good and you can make it with as little or as much spice as you want. Super easy to make and it’s a great appetizer to bring along to any party.

To mix we recommend using the Kitchen Aid small food processor.

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup Tahini
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cumin
2 Tbsp Sriracha

Sriracha Hummus Ingredients

Start out by draining the can of chickpeas, then add to a food processor along with the olive oil, Tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and cumin. Process until smooth, adding more olive oil as needed.

The original recipe said that you can  add 1/4 – 1/2 cup water, but you can add more olive oil for a creamier hummus and that’s what we did.

Add your heat: Start out with 1 Tbsp of Sriracha and taste. Add more to your liking. We like it hot so we added 2 Tbsp.

We served ours with pita chips and baked almond crackers. It was a hit!

What kind of hummus should be make next? Let us know in the comments below.

The original recipe came from Budget Bytes.

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Amazing Meatballs Recipe

Meatball Recipe

I called this recipe Amazing Meatballs because they were just that. We were actually testing a recipe called Best Baked Meatballs and we can’t argue.

We were shocked by how light and delicious they were. To go with the meatballs we made linguine noodles and garlic bread. Next time we are going get some french bread and provolone or fresh mozzarella and make sandwiches.

Cheese Mixture

In your first bowl combine:

1/2 Cup Fresh Ricotta
2 Tbls chopped parsley
1 tablespoon of ground fennel
1 tsp chili pepper flakes
2 tbls oregano
2 cloves of garlic minced
4 tbls of Parmesan cheese

meatball mix

In 2nd bowl:

2 lbs of ground beef 80/20
2 eggs
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp of salt

Preheat oven to 425 and grease your baking dish. After mixing both bowls separately, combine the two and mix gently together.

Meatballs

Roll your meatballs into desired size balls (ours were golf ball size), drizzle with a little olive oil. Place meatballs on baking sheet next to each other.

meatball sauce

Bake for 20 minutes then take out and drain extra fat. Spoon your favorite red sauce over each meatball and bake another 15 minutes.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

The original recipe came from Chop Happy.

Amazing Baked Meatball Recipe