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4th of July Cake We've Tried It

Easy 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe

Happy Independence Day! If you are heading out to celebrate today and need to whip up a festive dessert this is it. Try our 4th of July easy poke cake recipe. It’s a crowd pleaser.

Ingredients:

1 Duncan Hines White Cake Mix

1 box 3 oz Strawberry Jell-O Mix

1 cup Boiling Water

1/2 cup Cold Water

8 oz Frozen Cool Whip (thawed)

1-pint Blueberries

1-quart Strawberries (thinly sliced)

Let’s make a cake! If you don’t want to bring your personal baking dish, we suggest buying Reynolds non-stick baking wear 13×9 pan with lid. No preparation and it can be thrown away after the cake is devoured.

Start off by making your white cake mix as directed on the box. Be sure to only use egg whites. Bake and let cool for 20 minutes.

Mix Jell-O with boiling water in a large cup, then add the cold water and mix well. Grab a fork and poke holes all over your cooled cake, pour the Jell-O over top. Place cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Now it’s time to decorate! Evenly spread the Cool Whip over the top of the cake. To make your flag, start out by placing blueberries in the top left corner. We did 5 rows of 7 blueberries. Next overlap the strawberries for your red stripes. We did 4 rows. Refrigerate for one hour and serve.

So moist and delicious! This will surely be a crowd pleaser. We found this recipe Cincy Shopper.

Keep Cookies Soft We've Tried It

How to Keep Homemade Cookies Soft

If a cookie is hard, I’m not interested. Soft, chewy cookies are the only way to go for me.

In order to keep your moist cookies soft and chewy, place one slice of white bread into the bottom of the container of your choice. I like to pick a container with a tight sealing lid. The cookies will absorb moisture from the bread, which keeps them soft longer. Why white bread? Because it won’t transfer its flavors to the cookies.

A tip that I have read says to replace the piece of bread every other day to keep the cookies soft. I have never replaced the bread, cookies don’t last for more than 3 to 4 days at my house and they always seem to stay soft.

Always remember that the suggested baking time is really only a recommendation and they should be watched closely. I always take my cookies out of the oven when they are still soft to the touch. Your cookies will continue to bake once you remove them from the oven.

Comment below if you have a great tip on how to keep your cookies soft.

Social Sites Outage

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are Down

If you have tried to refresh your Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp you may have noticed nothing is happening. Now what? What will you do on this early Sunday morning? If you are a Twitter user it is very clear that the problem is world wide.

The Verge is reporting that the outages happened around 6:30AM ET this morning. Just a month ago the social media sites encountered their biggest outage lasting several hours blaming “server configuration change.” I would like to believe that this wouldn’t bother me, but it does.

We want to know what your go-to social media site is? We are big fans of Instagram. Maybe we are biased but our foodie Phatphood has a pretty amazing Instagram page that will surely leave you hungry.

How long will Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp be down? Good question! Until then why don’t you look around We’ve Tried It and find a great recipe to make for dinner.

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Rainbow Cleaning System Review

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Rainbow Cleaning System Review – I would have to assume that at some point in your life you have heard of the Rainbow Cleaning System. Growing up my family had a Rainbow and passed it on to me when I moved out. We used it for many years and loved it. Recently I sat down for a demonstration of the new and improved Rainbow Cleaning System.

Personally I think that my home is picked up and clean at all times. One begins to doubt oneself when someone brings a high-quality system into your home.

The Rainbow Cleaning System uses Mother Nature’s most powerful element, water, to trap dirt and odors, returning only naturally clean, water-washed air to your home environment. No vacuum bags, water-based filtration, eco-friendly, certified air cleaner, odor elimination and allergen reduction. We have a cat and a dog, I suffer from asthma and we live in the woods where our allergies can flair up at any time. This may be the answer to our problems.

The certified air cleaner is what was so attractive to me. You just fill your water canister up and place in the corner of the room where your family spends the most time. Turn it on low and keep going all the time when not using the system. If you are looking to quickly clean the air quality of a room, place the system, turn on high, shut the door and run for 10-15 minutes.

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The Power of Water

  1. WET DUST CAN’T FLY® – The Rainbow uses Mother Nature’s most powerful element, water, to trap dirt and odors, returning only naturally clean, water-washed air to your home environment.
  1. TWICE AS CLEAN – This unique water filtration system captures typical household dirt, while remaining microscopic particles are caught by our HEPA Neutralizer Filtration System. This two-stage filtration combination removes nearly 100% of dirt and contaminants from your home.
  1. HURRICANE® MOTOR – Powered by switched-reluctance technology, our powerful Hurricane® motor has the force to tackle your toughest cleaning jobs and offers indefinite motor life.
  1. POWER AND CONTROL AT YOUR FINGERTIPS – We’ve thoughtfully placed the controls in an ergonomic handle grip, allowing precise control over powered accessories.
  1. QUICK CONNECT – Changing wands and tools for different jobs is a snap.
  1. TRAVEL LIGHTLY – The Rainbow follows you from room-to-room on its easy-maneuvering dolly. A rubberized bumper protects your walls and furniture.
  1. ON-BOARD LED HEADLIGHTS – Illuminates the path ahead, ensuring you’ll never miss a spot.
  1. WALL-TO-WALL CLEANING – Dirt, pet hair and crumbs vanish in the Power Nozzle’s powerful revolving brush. Circulating Active-Edge brushes clean tough-to-reach debris along baseboards.

My home Rainbow Cleaning System

Like I said above, I believed that my home is always clean. WOW! It was a bit shocking. Now onto the cleaning part, the Rainbow Cleaning System comes with many attachments to clean every area of your home.

Rainbow Cleaning System Attachments

Floor & Wall Brush – For clean and attractive looking hardwood floors and linoleum and ceramic tile, the floor and wall brush does an outstanding job of removing surface litter and dirt.

Dusting Brush – To keep your home thoroughly clean, dust overlooked places, such as windowsills, venetian blinds, lamp shades, lighting fixtures, moldings, houseplants, screens and curtains.

Crevice Tool – Use the crevice tool to clean in narrow and tight spaces, such as between radiator sections, under radiators, along floor edges and baseboards.

Upholstery Tool – Deeply embedded dirt can reduce the life and vibrancy of fabric. The Rainbow Upholstery Tool effectively removes dirt from upholstered furniture.

Confined Space Cleaner & Inflator Tool – For detailed cleaning of extra difficult-to-reach areas, use the confined-space cleaner. The Rainbow inflator tool works great for quickly inflating air mattresses and other inflatable toys.

Aerofresh Bag – This handy plastic bag removes stale, dusty air from cushions and pillows and is sized to fit even your largest cushions.

Refrigerator Coil Cleaner – Refrigerator cooling coils attract dust and crumbs and can become less effective and energy-efficient when covered in dirt. Due to its slender design, it can easily be used to clean under your washer or dryer and to vacuum off the visible cooling coils of your refrigerator. You can even use it to clean difficult to reach places in your home or even your car.

Rainbow Cleaning System

If you would like a demonstration of The Rainbow Cleaning System you can contact Kayla at cleanlivingrainbow@gmail.com or take a look at her business Facebook page.

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Muscle Soak Himalayan Salt Review

Muscle Soak Himalayan Salt Review

Muscle Soak Himalayan Salt Review – I can’t be the only one who dislikes shoveling! Yesterday we got 5 inches of very heavy snow that I had to shovel and immediately following I could barely move. My lower back felt like I had pulled every single muscle.

Muscle Soak Himalayan Salt

Fast forward to this morning and my back feels even worse. I remembered that I got a jar of Muscle Soak Himalayan Salt in my last FabFitFun box and decided to give it a try.

The jar says to use a quarter of the contents for it to be the most effective. Getting into the bathtub was quite painful and there may have been some loud groans. I could tell throughout my bath that the pain was lessening.

Muscle Soak Himalayan Salt We've Tried It

It really worked!!! I was able to bend over when I got out of my bath and honestly, I would say it took away 70% of the pain. I would definitely chalk this product up as a great success and will now be on my go-to list for body aches and pains.

From the Way of Will website:

Stimulates circulation, creates warmth, and soothes sore muscles with Black Pepper Essential Oil and Himalayan Salt that is harvested from ancient salt beds in Nepal. Patchouli and Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oils provide a warming, deep spice scent.

  • Muscle Soak Bath Set Oil Boosts:
  • Black Pepper Essential Oil increases circulation and creates warmth and has spicy aroma
  • Patchouli Essential Oil has a musky, deep and pervasive scent
  • Atlas Cedarwood Essential Oil has a deep wood scent
  • Himalayan salt is harvested from ancient salt beds that collect under the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal and is used to stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles.

Give it a try!

If you are interested in trying it yourself, you can get a jar on Way of Will. Wishing you and your muscles a little less pain.

Please leave me a comment below if you have found a product that you swear by.  We are always looking for new stuff to try.

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FabFitFun Subscription Box Review

FabFitFun Subscription Box

FabFitFun Subscription Box Review – By now I assume that you have seen the FabFitFun subscription boxes that everyone is talking about.  After seeing some of my favorite celebrities’ box-opening YouTube videos, I decided to join in on the fun.

Recently I received my first box, which was the Editor’s Box. Based on that experience, I am already excited to get my Spring Box in the mail. Your box will be filled with beauty, wellness, fashion and fitness products. The value is worth $200 and up. The Editor’s Box was valued at $328.00.

Cost of FabFitFun Subscription:

These amazing boxes are mailed out four times a year –  shipped March, June, September and December. If you join during a month other than the four shipment months, you will be able to start with the Editors box. You can join as a seasonal subscription for $49 per box or an annual subscription (all four seasons) for $179.99.

When I joined I was asked many questions about my day-to-day life so that they can match the perfect products to fit my lifestyle.

Included in my Editor’s Box:

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African Botanics Revitalizing Therapy Gel:

Soothe sore, tired muscles with African Botanics’ Revitalizing Therapy Gel. The anti-inflammatory properties of the gel deliver an invigorating, energizing sensation to aches, pains, and muscles while conditioning the skin.

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BB Dakota Poncho:

Your chic defense against chilly nights, breezy winter days, and overzealous air conditioning, this poncho is the perfect companion to get you through the season in style. The ultra-cozy knit accessory is reversible and ideal for layering over your favorite winter weather pieces.

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Summer & Rose Bar Double Necklace in White:

A soon-to-be staple item in your jewelry box, the Summer & Rose Necklace features two silver colored strands, giving the illusion of two layered necklaces. Its timeless design makes it the perfect accessory for all of your outfits.

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RealHer Playbook Eyeshadow Palette:

Hue won’t believe your eyes! Featuring highly-pigmented shades and sexy combinations, these long-wearing crease-resistant colors are perfect for creating both natural daytime and dramatic nighttime looks.

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Muscle Soak Himalayan Salt:

Soak and relax with these bath salts, which are designed to soothe sore muscles while moisturizing the skin. A fresh citrus scent will invigorate your senses as anxiety and stress float away.

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Spongelle Bulgarian Rose Wash Infused Buffer:

Exfoliate and cleanse all at the same time! This hypoallergenic sponge has a time-released creamy lather made with extracts of yuzu, edelweiss, and vetiver. It moisturizes, rejuvenates, and restores your skin, leaving it soft as silk.

WHISH

Whish Nourishing Dew Mask:

Dew you want instantly refreshed, hydrated, and luminous skin? This nourishing mask combines the power of natural ingredients like organic rose hip fruit extract, cupuaçu butter, and green tea leaf extract to boost skin’s moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and inflammation.

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MakeupDrop+ Silicone Makeup Applicator:

Don’t waste a drop of your foundation! This versatile silicone applicator blends foundation, blush, highlighter, concealer, and more without absorbing any of the product. Simply buff on your favorite products, then wash the applicator with soap and water.

Order Your FabFitFun Box Here:

With my crazy schedule I have not had a chance to try all of the products that came in my Editor’s Box. I will be posting product review updates on ‘We’ve Tried It’ Facebook page. If you are not following us on FB, please check us out.

If you want to get your very own FabFitFun subscription box, you can do so here. Enjoy!

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We've Tried It Blog

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We've Tried It

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It – Not only have we tried it, we keep making it over and over! This highly addicting recipe can be paired with your dinner entree, on a sandwich or salad for lunch, over an omelet for breakfast and my personal favorite – with chips and cheese. Simply delicious!

Cowboy Caviar with Chicken

Cowboy Caviar Recipe We’ve Tried It

Ingredients:

  • Black beans – 1 15 oz can, rinse and drain
  • Black-eyed peas – 1 15oz can, rinse and drain
  • 3 roma tomatos, remove seeds and dice
  • Sweet Corn 1 cup, I prefer super sweet frozen corn thawed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, washed and diced
  • 1 small/medium red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of cilantro, chop finely

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt
  • Juice from one Lime
  • 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Directions:

In a medium size bowl dump in sweet corn, black beans and black-eyed peas. Be sure you have drained and rinsed beans first. Then chop your cilantro, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, roma tomatoes and add to your bowl.

For the dressing you can mix it up in a separate bowl and mix well before pouring over your cowboy caviar. I personally don’t like to dirty too many dishes so I just add all the ingredients right into my main bowl and then mix throughly. Either way works!

The main ingredients for your dressing are olive oil and white wine vinegar. It is completely up to you what else you add. We like to add fresh lime juice, a little bit of sugar, salt and some minced garlic.

We hope you enjoy this recipe. Please be sure to share with your friends! Check back to see what we cook up next.

Egg Roll Bowl recipe

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video

Egg Roll Bowl

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video – My sister has been talking about how delicious this recipe is for the past year. My family finally decided it was time to test it out and see if it deserved all the hype that it was getting.

First off let me just say that it is super easy to make. In the video that I made we did not add the minced ginger. The original recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of minced ginger. Feel free to add it in.

I have an extremely picky child who really enjoyed this recipe. We were shocked and knew it must be pretty good if she liked it. It was delicious and we will surly be making again.

Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe Video

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground pork sausage
  • 6 cups (2 bags) shredded coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Directions:

In large skillet brown sausage, making sure it is throughly cooked. Do not drain any left over grease. Once brown, add the coleslaw mix, ginger, garlic and soy sauce. Mix and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring often. Add the green onions, drizzle with sesame oil and serve. 4 servings.

We hope you enjoy Sausage Egg Roll in a Bowl as much as we did!

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Mitchum Antiperspirant and Deodorant Review

Mitchum Powder Fresh We've Tried It

Mitchum Antiperspirant and Deodorant Review – We do all these reviews and I can’t believe that I haven’t talked about the one product that I have been using faithfully for over 30 years. Mitchum Antiperspirant and Deodorant is the only formula that I have found that truly works for me. It seems to me that I should be a spokesperson for Mitchum, I may have to start that campaign.

Mitchum Antiperspirant and Deodorant Review

Mitchum has the most advanced formula for odor and wetness protection. Maximum wetness protection with the highest level of active ingredient that keep you smelling great for up to 48 hours.

My Panic

Recently I went to three of my local stores, two being big box stores, and they were out of the specific scent that I use, powder fresh. I have tried several of Mitchum’s other formulas and powder fresh is my one and only. When I couldn’t find my go-to, I began to panic … seriously. I thought maybe they stopped making powder fresh. Furthermore, I immediately logged on to Amazon and ordered up a four-pack.

I started using deodorant in the early 80’s and nothing seemed to work for me. My mom, who has always used Mitchum, bought me a bottle. I remember it well, it was a green and white glass bottle with the rollerball head. I am a firm believer that if something works for you, you stick with it. Here I am decades later still sticking with my Mitchum.

Variety of Formulas

Depending on what you like, Mitchum carries solids, invisible solids, spray-on, gel and roll-on. I prefer the gel.

Check out Mitchum’s website to find a store near you that carries one of their many formulas and scents. You won’t be sorry!

While you are on We’ve Tried It, take a look at another one of our favorite hygiene products, AP-24 Whitening Toothpaste. This gentle whitening toothpaste does an amazing job without harsh chemicals or peroxide.

What is your favorite deodorant/antiperspirant? Leave us a comment below!

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Best Maid Cookie Company Outlet Store Review

Best Maid Cookies Outlet Store River Falls WI

Best Maid Cookie Company Outlet Store Review – Have you visited Best Maid Cookie Company Outlet Store in River Falls, WI yet? If not, get in your car and go on a little adventure. You will thank us! These are the BEST (no pun intended) cookies around.

Fresh, soft, delicious and always leaving you wanting more. Today we purchased 6 bags of fresh cookies, 1 box of frozen chocolate chip cookie dough, 4 dessert bars and 1 take-and-bake French baguette. Hopefully that will last us a couple of days.

Best Maid Cookies River Falls

What is Best Maid’s best-selling cookie? Chocolate chip! Some of our favorites are Oatmeal Cranberry Walnut, Snickerdoodles, Double Chocolate Chip and Monster. We like all of them – it’s too hard to pick just one.

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The Outlet store is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Not only can you purchase bags of fresh cookies, you can also get dessert bars, frozen cookie dough and other frozen treats.

How it all began…

Best Maid Cookie Co. has been around for almost 75 years. They started as a small cookie business in Chicago, IL by founder C. Arthur Erickson. The business was then moved to Minneapolis shortly after. This facility opened in River Falls in 1996.

In 2014, Best Maid was acquired by Arbor Investments and joined the Rise Baking Company platform which includes New French Bakery, Hudson Baking Company, South Coast Bakery, and Choice Foods. All of their cookies are made with high quality ingredients – which is why every bite of a Best Maid Cookie can only be described as “oooey gooey good!”

Ingredients used to make our cookies:

  • Flour – over 14 million lbs. of flour/annually
  • Chocolate Chips/Chunks – over 4 million lbs. of chocolate/annually
  • Eggs—over 2.5 million lbs. of eggs/annually

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Fun Facts:

  • They produce over 650 different cookies in baked and dough varieties.
  • Best Maid produces many different sizes of cookies; on average a day’s production is over 1 million pounds of product.
  • The top 7 flavors are: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip made w/M&M’S®, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter made with Reese’s® Pieces®
  • You can find their cookies all over the continental US.
  • Best Maid Cookie Co. employs approximately 275 people.

Now is the time to get in your car and head over to Best Maid Cookie Company Outlet Store at 1147 Benson St., River Falls, WI 54022. If you have already tried their cookies leave us a comment on your favorite below.