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Condensed Milk

Make Caramel From Sweetened Condensed Milk

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Make Caramel From Sweetened Condensed Milk: Is it really possible to make caramel just using sweetened condensed milk? We love caramel, so we put it to the test!

If you have ever tried to make homemade caramel you know it can be tricky to make. After reading that all you need to do is boil a can of sweetened condensed milk for 2 1/2 hours and like magic, you have caramel…we knew we had to try it!

We set out to see if it was just that easy. Watch the video below to see how it turned out for us.

It is important to let your sweetened condensed milk completely cool after taking it out of the boiling water and before opening the lid. The caramel will also thicken upon sitting in the refrigerator.

We are planning on pouring our caramel over ice cream and brownies. Delicious! It would also be perfect for dipping sliced apples in. The options are endless.

Do you have any quick cooking tips that you think we should test? Comment below we love to try it out!


Sothei All Natural Body Care Products

Sothei products

Sothei All Natural Body Care Products Review: We love purchasing from companies that not only provide all natural products but also give back to charitable organizations.

We found Sothei products while at a charity event. If you have followed our stories and videos you may have picked up on the fact that I am going to be running the TCS NYC Marathon in November. I have the honor of running for Joint Council on International Children’s Services ‘Change For Children Campaign.’

Joint Council let us know that they had partnered with Sothei products in a fundraiser for the campaign, so this was a great opportunity for us to try their products.

The Sothei collection is hand made from all natural products. When possible they use only therapeutic-grade essential oils in their products. They offer products for the body and face as well as essential oils. The prices are very good, products start at $4.00 for a few items and go up to $45.00 for their complete Spa Gift Basket.

We wanted to try as many products as we could so we purchased the Sampler Set for $12.00. This set included 8 of their top selling products:

Sea Salt Face Scrub
Sea Salt Body Scrub
Exfoliating Face Wash
Herb and Charcoal Mask
Velvet Hand Soap
Hand and Body Lotion
Almond Oatmeal Bar Soap
Liplicious Lip Balm (full size)

The products came packaged in a cute decorative bag that would make it a great gift. I have loved all the products. My skin has been so soft ever since using these natural products and with the use of essential oils they all smell amazing. Instantly hooked on the lip balm. One big bonus to this line is that we knew what each and every ingredient was.

If you are looking to try some all natural face and body products I would recommend giving Sothei products a try. You can also contact them if you would like to have a Sothei product fundraiser for your favorite charitable organization.

Do you know of any companies that make a point to give back to charities? Let us know we are always looking for products to try.

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Hibachi Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

Yum Yum Sauce Recipe

Hibachi Yum Yum Sauce Recipe: We don’t know about you, but when we go out for hibachi the yum yum sauce is our favorite. While most just use it for their vegetables, we use it on everything.

We have tried various yum yum sauce recipes but the one that we found on Allrecipes.com tasted just like our favorite hibachi restaurant. It is amazing how even the kids will eat their vegetables with this delicious sauce.

Yum Yum Sauce Ingredients:

1 tsp. tomato paste
1 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 tsp. paprika
1 1/4 cups mayonnaise
1 tsp. sugar
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 cup water

Whisk all the above ingredients together. It is best if covered and refrigerated overnight. We couldn’t wait that long and used our yum yum sauce after 2 hours and it was delicious.

Grilled Vegetables: Cut up vegetables of your choice, put in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Toss to lightly coat. Place on heated grill or frying pan turning as needed until cooked.

If you are need of a great fall dessert to go with your dinner,  we recommend that you try our Pumpkin Poke Cake recipe –  It is amazing! Recipe Here


Avocado and Bacon Egg Rolls Recipe

Avocado Bacon Egg Rolls Weve Tried It

Avocado and Bacon Egg Rolls Recipe: We are always looking for new delicious treats to make for Sunday funday. We definitely scored a with these little goodies.

Combining a couple different recipes that we found on Pinterest, we came up with avocado and bacon egg rolls. Now, winging it doesn’t always work for us but this time it worked out!

3 ripe avocados
1/2 white onion diced
1/2 Roma tomato diced
1/2 lb bacon
Vegetable Oil
Egg Roll Wraps
Salt & Pepper

Directions: Cut up your half pound of bacon and fry to make bacon bits. While bacon bits are cooling place the avocado, diced onion and diced tomatoes in a bowl and mash (we used a potato masher.)


Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe Weve Tried It

Homemade Hot Cocoa Recipe: When the weather starts to get chilly outside, my daughter loves to have a nice warm cup of hot cocoa when she comes in from playing outside. I decided this year to make the hot cocoa mix instead of spending a ton of money on the store-bought packets.

This was so quick – I should have done it years ago!

2/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Simply pour the ingredients into a seal-able jar and shake to mix.

Heat up a cup of milk and mix in 1-2 tablespoon of your mixture and enjoy. This also tastes great in cold milk for a big glass of chocolate milk!

Hot Cocoa Recipe

Do you have cold weather recipes your kids love? Comment below we would love to try them.


ICE Standard with Smart911 In Case of Emergency App

ICE standard app

Ice Standard with Smart911 could save your life. This free application places all of your emergency health information on the lock screen of your iPhone, giving emergency personal your medical and contact info even when your cell is in lock mode.

We downloaded this application after speaking with an emergency professional regarding what they look for when they arrive at the scene of an emergency. Many people have an ICE contact in their phone, but because most people have their phone locked the emergency responders have no access to phone contacts.

With this application you can choose which of the following information to show up as wallpaper on your lock screen:
Emergency Contacts #’s
Birth Date
Blood Type
Health Conditions
Insurance Info
Other information

911 app

ICE Standard has partnered with Smart911 so you can register your cell phone number.  When you call 911 from your cell phone, emergency responders can see your ICE information in Smart911 enabled communities.

When an emergency situation occurs the more information the EMT’s have the better chance they have at saving your life or the life of your loved one. This information also allows them to quickly have the number of your emergency contact.

You can download this application on itunes. If you have an Android phone there are similar apps available at play.google.com for a small fee.

Do you have an app on your phone that you think we should give a try? Leave us a comment below.


Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut Tool Review

Mrs. Field Scoop-N-Cut Tool

Mrs. Fields Scoop N Cut Tool Review: We love a good kitchen gadget! This two sized all-in-one scoop tool makes pushing out your cookie dough as easy as can be.

The Scoop-N-Cut tool has a teaspoon side and a tablespoon measuring side. The scoop area is silicone and it’s small and compact size makes it easy to store. Oh, and it’s dishwasher safe.

cookie dough

We really did think that this was a great gadget! Easy to use and it kept our cookies uniform in shape and size. We will definitely be using this time and time again.

If you buy a premade roll of cookie dough there is a center bar that cuts your cookies. We tried the new Marie Callender’s Chocolate Chip cookie Mix. The recipe only called for one egg and 3/4 stick of butter, mix well and use your Scoop-N-Cut tool. Simple.


In other reviews that we read there was a suggestion to wipe the tool with oil for the first use. We did not do this and had no problems with the dough sticking. Thumbs up for Mrs. Fields Scoop-N-Cut Tool!

Tell us about your favorite kitchen gadget in the comment section below and maybe we will try it out!



How to Make Crackle Paint with Glue

Homemade Crackle Paint DIY

How to Make Crackle Paint with Glue: My 7 year old daughter had a great time working on this DIY project. Everything we used was kid friendly, so there was no worrying about any harmful chemicals.

Supplies: Crayola Washable Paint, Elmer’s Glue, Paint Brush and a glass jar (anything glass should work.) We would suggest painting on a paper plate, newspaper or a towel.

Directions: Apply 2 coats of your base color to the glass jar and let completely dry. Once dry apply a thin layer of Elmer’s Glue over your base coat. The paint is going to crackle in the direction in which you paint the glue, so feel free to paint in all different directions.

Once the coat of glue is tacky (ours took about 10 minutes) apply your top coat of paint. As the top coat dries you will see the crackle process begin. Watching paint dry can be fun for kids!

We added some colorful flowers to our mini jar to complete the project. Do you have any fun kids craft project you have tried? Leave us a comment below and tell us about it.


How to Make a No Sew T-Shirt Scarf

DIY tshirt scarf

How to Make a No Sew T-Shirt Scarf: Fall is upon us and that means scarf season is here. We found an easy to make t-shirt scarf that didn’t require a sewing machine, so we decided to give it a try.

This really was super easy, and only took about 15 minutes from start to finish. Check out our how-to video. We also have the directions below.

Supplies: All you need is an extra-large t-shirt (we used 3XL), fabric scissors, 8 inch paper plate and some fabric glue.

Lay out your t-shirt on a flat surface and cut just above the seam on the bottom of the shirt and just below the arms all the way across.

Take your plate and trace as many circles as you can on the shirt. We were able to get 5 circles on our 3XL shirt. Cut out all the circles, keeping the front and back pieces together.


Crock Pot Blueberry Pie Recipe

Crock Pot Blueberry Pie

Crock Pot Blueberry Pie Recipe: This may not be the quickest dessert to make on the planet, but it sure is tasty and it will have your house smelling amazing.

As far as ingredients go – 3 – that’s it. It reminds me of a dump cake.


2 – 21oz cans of blueberry pie filling
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup melted butter

Spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray and then pour in both cans of blueberry pie filling (you can use any kind of filling you like.) Follow by pouring the box of cake mix over top blueberries (do not mix.) Drizzle melted butter over top, cover and cook on high for 3 hours.

At the 3 hour mark take the cover off of your crock pot and cook for another 30 minutes. This is to crisp up the top a little.

We served ours hot with vanilla ice cream. It was delicious!