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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Serene Sunday - Happy Easter with the Piano Guys Performing The Mission/How Great Thou Art - April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Sunday!

Here is the latest from the Piano Guys.  They traveled all the way to Brazil to film their compilation of "The Mission" and "How Great Thou Art"

From my family to yours - Have a Blessed Easter Day!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chef Apron Father’s Day Giveaway from Crooked Brook - Celebrate the King of the Grill - ends 5/13 US

I will be receiving a set of Crooked Brook 100% cotton denim chef aprons for this post.  No other compensation has been or will be received.

It's hard to believe that Mother's Day is just around the corner, and then Father's Day will be here.  It's time to celebrate the King of the Grill with a giveaway for Dad.  What would be better than a chef's apron when he fires up the grill this summer beginning with a Memorial Day BBQ feast!

Memorial Day (Monday, May 26, 2014) is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday of May in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is also the unofficial start of the summer. In some parts of the country, it is also the day of the first big barbecue or cookout and more often than not, it will be a male family member or friend manning the grill.

What is it with guys, fire and raw meat?

A useful and much appreciated gift for any cook or chef is an apron and for that reason, Crooked Brook is sponsoring a Chef Apron Giveaway.

These professional chef aprons will also make a great Father’s Day gift for dads who like to cook.

Since 1989 Crooked Brook has designed and manufactured chef wear for the world’s most recognized men and women in the noble art and science of gastronomy. All Crooked Brook branded garments and accessories are made to order in the U.S.A and can personalized with the customer’s choice of fabric, pockets, buttons, piping and embroidery.

Aprons were originally worn as a utilitarian outer garment to cover the front of the body to protect the wearer’s clothes from soiling, wear and tear. Over the years many different styles of aprons evolved depending on the purpose and were often named after the trade, craft or profession that used that particular design.

A chef apron is waist apron which is a square or rectangular piece of fabric that ties around the waist to cover the body from the waist down. For a cleaner look, some chefs fold the top of the apron over the ties (see image). With a pocket (sometimes divided to create a pen pocket) to hold an order pad (dupe pad) it becomes a bistro apron.

These mid-calf length “old school” heavy duty chef aprons are hard to find and coveted by professional chefs and serious cooks alike.

Crooked Brook also makes a 35” W x 25” L apron that is perfect for grill masters who like to wear shorts and cook over an open or pit fire because the length protects bare legs from the heat.

Another good thing about these aprons is that after they are too dingy and beat up to wear in public, you can cut them up into 100% cotton rags.


Cant to wait to see if you won? Receive a 10% discount on all Crooked Brook Chef Wear and Accessories: Aprons, Bib Aprons (blank, printed or embroidered) Women’s Aprons (blank, printed or embroidered) Chef Coats (blank or embroidered) and Women’s Chef Coats (blank or embroidered) from 4/17/14 to 5/13/14 with the Coupon Code “Royalegacy Reviews Chef Apron Giveaway”.

With many thanks to Crooked Brook, one winner will receive Two, Apron Style #700 - 35” W x 25” L (approximately), made in white, 10 oz., 100% cotton denim. Depending on the height of the wearer, this apron is calf length. …$30.00, which has a total prize value (that includes shipping and handling) of $45.

This giveaway will end on May 13, 2014, and is open to residents 18+ of the continental US only. Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.  Crooked Brook will ship the prizes to the winner within 30 days of contest end. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.

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Freshwater Pearl Necklace from Pearl Distributors - Show Mom You Treasure Her - Mother's Day Review & Giveaway - ends 5/4

I received a freshwater pearl necklace from in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are 100% my own.

Looking for a memorable gift for your mom for this Mother's Day?  What could be more meaningful than a beautiful pearl necklace!

This year, my Mother's Day became richer with this beautiful Freshwater Pearl Necklace from Pearl Distributors.   Beautifully matched with that pearly hint of pink, these white freshwater pearls are a treasured addition to my jewelry collection. 

The freshwater pearl selection at Pearl Distributors will make any mom happy this Mother's Day.  Not only will mom feel that she is treasured, but it won't put a big dent in your budget.  The princess length (18") white AAA 6.0-7.0mm freshwater pearl necklace with a solid yellow or white gold safety clasp is currently on sale this month for only $179.  This is an excellent deal.  Whenever we go to one of the club stores or to the mall, I always head over to the jewelry counter to gaze upon the pearls.  Freshwater pearls at these places will cost you much more.

Perhaps you are wondering about the quality of these pearls?  These pearls came with a certificate of appraisal and authenticity.  This document tells me that I have genuine cultured freshwater pearls; white in color with a grade of AAA; that each pearl on this string is 6.0-7.0mm; that the shape of all the pearls are round; 95% blemish free; and the length is 18 inches.  The freshwater pearl necklace that you see in the pictures on this post has an appraised value of $750.00.  That appraised value is what you would expect to pay for these pearls at a retail jewelry establishment.  Yet at Pearl Distributors, these pearls are definitely affordable.

I have looked at each and every pearl on this princess length strand and could find no blemishes.  All the pearls are true to size of being 6.0-7.0mm and are nice and round.  The freshwater pearls double strung by hand on extra strong fine silk and knotted between each pearl. Their luster is beautiful!  The lovely overtones of ivory with a hint of pink are so enchanting.  When I wear this stunning freshwater pearl necklace from Pearl Distributors on Mother's Day or any day, I will feel treasured.

Mother's Day Gift Idea

Freshwater pearls come in a variety of colors.  At Pearl Distributors, you will find freshwater pearls in the colors of black, lavender, pink, peach, as well as the ever favorite white.  All pearls are sold with an unconditional 90-day guarantee.  Surprise mom with her own strand of freshwater pearls for Mother's Day.  She will treasure the pearls as much as she has always treasured you! 

For Mother's Day, shop at Pearl Distributors and see for yourself all the beautiful pearl jewelry that they have to offer.  Connect and converse with Pearl Distributors by liking them on Facebook, following them on Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest, and subscribe to them on YouTube and sign up for their newsletter for all the latest news and promotions.

With so many thanks to Pearl Distributors, one person is going to win a princess length of AAA 6.0-7.0mm Freshwater Pearl Necklace in their choice of color - black, pink, peach or white (value: $179-185 depending on choice of color).  This giveaway is open to US residents only, and will end on May 4, 2013.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to the terms and conditions at the bottom of the GT form.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Baking Made Simpler and Easier with the OvenArt 12-Cup Silicone Muffin Pan - Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

We are in the week right before Easter!  Beginning this Friday, we are going to bake, bake, and bake some more.  We always have a huge assortment of different types of breads that we bake for Easter - and have for some days later.

What's on our baking list for this year?  Fresh homemade rolls from scratch, frosted cinnamon rolls from scratch, raspberry tea cake, baklava, cheese filled bread, apricot filled bread, cherry-cheese filled bread, and homemade chocolate muffins.  We just tried a new recipe for the chocolate muffins and tested it last week and they turned out terrific.

Along with testing out this new recipe, we tested a new muffin pan, too. It is the OvenArt Bakeware Silicone 12-Cup Muffin Tin.  It is made of high quality European silicone - there are no fillers to cheapen it's quality and performance.  The silicone bakeware from OvenArt is totally safe to cook with, BPA-free, filler-free, and worry-free.  We found no taste difference from using this silicone pan from a metal muffin pan with paper liners.

No More Need for Muffin Cup Liners

This silicone muffin pan has high glossy totally smooth interior or the muffin cups, food, even sticky items, come out easily although it is recommended that you very lightly grease the cups before adding your mixture.  All that we have cooked with this pan so far has come out perfect.  In our old metal muffin tins, we had to buy liners to ensure that our muffins and cupcakes came out nice.  No more buying those muffin liners now.  What a cost saver this silicone muffin tin is from OvenArt!

Because of the high quality of silicone that OvenArt uses in its bakeware, the silicone muffin tin is quite flexible.  Yet with the construction of the silicone muffin tin, the extra supports between the cups on the underside keep it sturdy enough to where everything keeps its shape while cooking.  OvenArt uses no plastic fillers in their bakeware to lesson the quality.  Those plastic fibers in lesser quality pans, over time, can produce odors and will compromise their nonstick performance.   

Cloverleaf Rolls just popped right out!

How To Cook Using Silicone Baking Pans

OvenArt has given some recommendations on how to cook with silicone baking pans.

Place the bakeware on a cookie sheet before filling the cups for easy oven transfer.

Lightly grease the cups of the muffin pan using oil, butter, or baking spray.

Wipe away any excess batter from the top of the muffin pan for easier cleanup.

Place the cookie sheet on the middle oven rack and bake according to the recipe. Check for doneness using a toothpick.  If needed, feel free to add a couple of minutes to baking times until desired browning is reached.

The silicone cools quickly and will be cool to touch within a couple of minutes of removing from the oven. Pop out your baked goods with your fingers by pushing up from the bottom of the cups.

We are going to be baking quite a bit this Easter in this silicone muffin pan from OvenArt.  You can, too!  It's easy as the OvenArt Bakeware Silicone 12-Cup Muffin Tin is sold right at Amazon for a great deal - Free Shipping with Amazon Prime (and for orders over $35 if you don't have Amazon Prime). 

For more information on OvenArt Bakeware visit their website at  Go to their website, sign up for their newsletter and receive a coupon code for 25% off this same 12-cup silicone muffin tin that I reviewed!

What are you planning on baking this Easter?

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