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J. Morten’s Meats

If you’re a fan of high quality meats and like to splurge on you and/or yours, keep reading.  In March of 2020 we were supposed to take a vacation to WA. Covid prevented that trip. So, with the shut down approaching and having vacation money, we wanted to treat our household w/ some wagyu steaks. We drove to Hugo, MN where the only HQ family owned fine meat shop was located.  It was here at J. Morten’s Meat Market where we met the Meat Scientist, Dan. Now, this guy could talk to you for hours about Australian and Japanese meat cuts, marbling and beyond. A swell gent!  Long story short, we bought some lovely cuts and left filled with meat knowledge that we never knew we needed.

Fast Forward to this this past weekend. We took a trip to their new(er) Edina location. It’s the old Caribou at 50th & France. Beautiful location with a parking lot within feet of their side entrance. Here we met Brandon, who also shares the expertise of fine meat cuts. We walked away with a MS9+ Purebred ribeye from 2GR ranch in Australia as well as a NY Strip MS9 crossbred from Rangers Valley. Reverse sear was the method used on the ribeye.  While the strip was solely done pan seared. Decided to make a charcuterie board style presentation to feast on with fingerlings, smashed fingerlings, arugula salad, broccolini, tomatoes, carrots and an ample amount of Murray River finishing salt that also came from J. Morten’s. It was all melt-in-our-mouths magnificent! Dinner guests agreed! Kept it Aussie and paired with Penfolds Bin 389 Cab.  Side note:  We prefer the Australian wagyu over the Japanese.

The Purebred Wagyu that they get from Australia:

Because this is fourth generation cattle, i.e. it was originally a crossbred between wagyu and angus, and then over 3 more generations it was bred with fullblood to get to 94% wagyu, it is a pretty small herd with limited availability. This typically comes into the country just once per month, and they grab a bunch when they can, but it is a product that they do not always have in stock.

They typically stock the crossbred wagyu, as that is the most prevalent, and also what most wagyu in America is as well

They will switch between hybrid/crossbred and purebred of the same cut and grades depending upon availability. Unfortunately at this time they haven’t been able to get much fullblood out of Australia with the exception of some whole briskets.

Australian Wagyu is less expensive than Japanese due in part to the size of the country and the ability to raise more cattle, and also the fact that the animals are allowed to pasture for about the first half of their lives, and then put on feed for the remaining days. Up to 500 days on feed.

Australian Wagyu is graded based on marbling, and always as a minimum. Australian uses a number system, and is sometimes referred to as BMS, BM, or MS. The minimum grade is 3, and the maximum is 9 or 9+.  For frame of reference, USDA Prime comes in around 3.5. USDA Prime is also graded on a minimum system, which is why sometimes steaks look a lot better or a lot less marbled than your previous visit to the meat counter.


Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Flavor Boost Review

Our favorite blue box, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, recently came out with KRAFT® FLAVOR BOOST available for purchase via website only – https://flavorboost.kraftmacandcheese.com.  These BOOST seasoning mixes come in flavors that include creamy ranch, zesty pizza and kickin’ buffalo, and are now available in build-your-own Flavor Boosts bundles as well. The bundles are sold in 6, 15 and 24-packs which include a traditional blue box of MAC per packet of seasoning or a 24 pack of just the seasoning mixes alone. Steps on the website state to make Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Original blue box as usual (don’t skip the original cheese packet.) Then mix in an entire flavor boost seasoning packet to your mac & cheese and enjoy.

We decide to try all three flavor boost at once. Ranked from favorite to least favorite, here is what we thought:

Kickin’ Buffalo

We got hit with garlic right away with a little kick of heat.  Nothing screamed buffalo to us. It was lacking the vinegar tang and spice that you typically taste in a buffalo sauce.  That being said, it was still our overall favorite.

Zesty Pizza

To us, this one tastes like marinara mixed with ketchup. We’re thinking maybe your kids would love it. This one smelled the best out of the three.

Creamy Ranch

Tangy! Borderline sour. That was all we got.  Looked the best!

Maybe mixing the Buffalo and Ranch would be the way to go.  Let us know if you give it a try.


We look forward to trying these seasonings with other house hold snack. Popcorn, perhaps?

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McDonald’s New Crispy Chicken Sandwich Review

The chicken sandwich war continues…

McDonald’s is saying goodbye to their buttermilk chicken and launching a sandwich that features a brand new crispy, juicy, tender fillet made with all-white meat chicken.  They are serving it up three ways – Crispy, Spicy and Deluxe:

  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich: For those who want to keep things simple – topped with crinkle cut pickles and served on a new toasted, buttered potato roll.

  • Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich: For those craving some heat – served with a Spicy Pepper Sauce and crinkle cut pickles on a toasted potato roll.

  • Deluxe Crispy Chicken Sandwich: For those looking for a little extra somethin’ in the toppings department– served with shredded lettuce, Roma tomatoes and mayo.

At first bite, that bun is pillow soft and delicious.  The chicken is perfectly crisp and very juicy.  It definitely goes head-to-head with Chic-Fil-A.  With this new bun though, McD’s reigns supreme.  I do appreciate the slightly bigger crinkle cut pickles compared to the ones they’ve been using across the menu since birth.  As a whole, I’m really diggin’ the new line up.  I firmly believe that McFans everywhere will be equally impressed.  Okay, everyone is probably mostly interested in the sauce on the Spicy Crispy Sandwich.  It’s cool.  It’s has some heat but nothing too extreme.  Mighty Sauce is much hotter.  To me, It tastes like a creamy Buffalo sauce with a little less tang.  I’d ask for extra right away if I were you. Out of the new three, I would probably only get the plain Crispy Chicken Sandwich again just to pour on one of my favorite sauces that they offer for the McNuggets.  The Bawse move though is to order the Deluxe Crispy Chicken Sandwich and add the crinkle cut pickles and the new spicy sauce in addition to what already comes on the sandwich.  Yeaaaaah!  Thank me later.

Starting February 24th, 2021 the new Crispy Chicken Sandwich will be available at participating restaurants nationwide via carry-out, Drive Thru, the McDonald’s app or McDelivery.

Speaking of nugget sauce.  I’ve been told that the customers demanded the return of hot mustard.  So, McD’s brought it back like 6-8 months ago, but apparently no one seems to be aware of this.

Disclaimer:  I have a relationship with McDonald’s and I was invited to try these new products early.  All product was comped and I was not paid.  Opinions expressed are solely my own.


Quick Fire Review : Lay’s Flavor Icons

Lay’s is back with another round of unique flavored chips.  This time highlighting restaurants around the United States with their iconic dishes.  Enter Flavor Icons.  A limited time offering that ends 09.10.20.  Lay’s makes it somewhat of a difficult task to get all 5 inspirations at 1 location by giving Walmart and 7-Eleven exclusivity to the Chile Relleno flavor.  They always do something that makes you shake your good fist at them.  I went to Walmart since they showed 4/5 on their website on Monday this week.  I just happened to stop for gas on the way and looked inside the Hyvee gas station and there was the last bag, Nashville Hot Chicken.  So, I lucked out…I guess.

Here’s my mini review listed in favorite to least favorite order:

Kettle Cooked New York Style Pizza – inspired by Grimaldis in Brooklyn, NY.  You get the sauce, the oregano, maybe some hints of meat, and you get the crisp bite mimicking the crust.  Bada Bing.

Chile Relleno – inspired by Cocina Azul in Albuquerque, NM.  Cheesiness with a nice spice.  Even some creaminess with a tang.

Nashville Hot Chicken – inspired by Partyfowl in Nashville, TN.  These are the spiciest Lay’s chips I’ve had.  You do get a hint of buttery chicken with that Nashville spiced seasoning as well.  Very close tie for 2nd place.  These > Flamin’ Hot Lay’s.

Wavy Carnitas Street Taco – inspired by El torito in marina del ray, CA.  Cilantro.  Little bit of onion. Maybe a hint of meat.  Some say pork, I didn’t talk myself into though.

Philly Cheesesteak – inspired by Geno’s Steaks in Philadelphia, PA. A nice onion and cheese chip. With a very slight beef bouillon taste.  I think.  Idk.  These are just okay.

Let us know what was your favorite!

Chair Slipcovers

Fuloon Super Fit Stretch Chair Cover Review

My best purchase to date this summer! I have been wanting to buy a new dining room table and chairs but have yet to find just what I am looking for. While scrolling through my Instagram feed I came across a sponsored ad for kitchen chair covers. Inexpensive, easy to use, washable and cute. I immediately went over to my favorite store, Amazon, and found them for a better price.

For $34.99 I received 6 chair covers. I have Amazon Prime, so shipping was covered, and they showed up at my front door in 2 days. Within minutes I had them on my chairs and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. They fit amazingly and the fabric is so soft. The best part is that if they get dirty I can throw them in the washing machine.

The slipcovers can be purchased in sets or 4 or 6, with 23 different designs ranging from solids, florals and designs. The possibilities are endless.

Polyester spandex is a soft material, comfortable and wrinkle resistant, no ironing required, machine washable and easy to clean.

Suitable for chair sizes: Back height 20-24inch(50-60cm); Seat length 14-20inch(36-50cm); Seat width 14-20inch(36-50cm).

No worries if you don’t love the product, they offer 30 days free return or exchange. If you shop Amazon then you know that returning is a breeze.

Check out the designs here. If you decide to order yourself a set, stop back and let us know what you think.

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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.


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.

2 Muscle Soak Himalayan Salt Review

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.

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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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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!

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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!