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Monday, September 22, 2014

Jill-e E-GO Cross Body Women's Tablet/Camera Messenger Bag - Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop Event - ends 10/8 US

This is not a sponsored post.

Welcome to the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop!

September 23 - October 8

Here are all the blogs that have joined up.  On September 23, the linky is going to be filled with a wonderful array of prizes.

I am starting my giveaway just a little early, and I might just add a few more terrific prizes as well.

My prize for the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop is the
Jill-E E-Go Tablet Messenger Bag that is also a camera bag.

This is the bag the winner will receive

I reviewed this bag several years ago, but never had a chance to use it.  It is still brand new.  (Read my review and more pictures of this bag here.)

All your lifestyle essentials safely protected in this stylish cross-body messenger bag. What fits inside: Up to a 10" laptop computer or 1 tablet device or reader and 1 compact camera body and 1-2 moderately sized lenses. Or many combinations of smaller items including tablet computer, reader and point and shoot camera. Plus a notebook, water bottle, umbrella, flip-flops, healthy snacks and wallet, keys, make-up, hair brush, hand sanitizer, tin of mints... all your lifestyle essentials.

Designed with strategic protection for your electronic essentials
Padded compartment for computer, tablet, e- reader or similar device
Inside and outside zippered pockets for personal items
Interior compartments for smart phone, passport and essentials
Pouches specific for pens, cards and glasses
Key keeper and convenient ID tag
Two front panel drop-in pockets
Protective cloth storage bag
Weather resistant
External Dimensions: 12L x 4W x 9.5H in. (30.48 x 10.16 x 24.13 cm)

One person is going to win this messenger/camera bag (arv: $109).  This giveaway will end on October 8, 2014, is open to US residents 18+ only, and is not sponsored by Jill-E Designs.

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Treasure Hunt Tuesday Giveaway Link Up - September 23 to 29, 2014

It's time!
Link up your Treasure of a Giveaway
Dig up some Treasure for yourself!

A few rules:

  1. Linked posts but be linked directly to the giveaway
  2. Giveaways must be Family Friendly! No adult oriented giveaways. Watch those covers of some of those romance books, girls. Please no almost nude covers, thank you.
  3. Giveaways must be hosted by a blog, no sweepstakes or affiliate offers
  4. Please list Geographical restrictions aka US, US/CAN, or WW (World Wide)
  5. Giveaways must include an End Date in Title

Link Up your Giveaways at Xmas Dolly's Showoff Tuesday

Thanks for stopping by and linking up on Treasure Hunt Tuesday!
My wishes for you all to have an excellent and enchanting day.

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Lugz New Empire WR - Work In Comfort With Memory Foam Insoles - Review & Giveaway - ends 10/10 US

Lugz kindly sent me their new Empire WR EEE for free in exchange for an unbiased review.  No other compensation was received.

Lugz has a new line of work boots for men - the Empire WR. There is something very special about these new work boots; they come with a memory foam insole.  This means greater comfort while working.

My husband is a hard working man.  As a general contractor, he never knows as to what his next project will be.  Currently he is doing a landscaping project that is involving much digging and leveling the ground for a new patio area with pines surrounding it.  Being on his feet all day, he was coming home with sore feet.  Not now!

He is now working in total comfort as he is currently wearing the new Lugz Empire WR in the wide EEE.  Not only do they look good on, they also keep his feet swaddled in comfort.  This comfort comes from the padded tongue, padded collar, and also the new Flexastride Memory Foam Insole.

The Flexastride Memory Foam Insole is the latest and best insole from Lugz.  The memory foam cushions the feet in comfort.  They are ergonomically molded to fit your foot.  The heel is the best and softest part.

The soles of the Empire WR are meant to grip the surface that you are treading on.  They are ASTM-F1677, Mark II tested slip resistant rubber soles.  My husband like the nice thick deep tread on the boots.  On wet surfaces, the Empire WR grip well.  My husband can testify to that.

Speaking of wet places, the Lugz Empire WR is water resistant.  While we don't get too much rain here in the desert, it is simply good to know that when it does rain or if my husband gets in a wet situation, like at work, I know that his feet will stay dry.

A hard working man that stays on his feet all day deserves comfortable shoes.  He deserves the Lugz Empire WR work boots.  My husband is wearing the Empire WR EEE, and he really enjoys them!  Check out the entire collection, click here: Lugz Empire WR men's work boots.

Lugz is loaded with so many styles of shoes for men, women, and children.  You can find all of their styles online at, but you can also find a store that sells Lugz right in your neighborhood.  Become a Lugz Team Member & Get 10% Off Your First Order.

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With many thanks to Lugz, one person is going to win their choice of the Lugz Empire WR in their size and color - even the wide EEE.  This giveaway is for US residents 18+ only, and will end on October 10, 2014.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Peanut Brittle Recipe Utilizing the BakeItFun Non-Stick Silicone #BakingMat - Review

I received a BakeItFun Non-Stick Silicon Baking Mat in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was received, and all opinions are entirely my own.

We love peanut brittle in our home!  We don't make it too often, but we enjoy every single piece.  It is one recipe that we like to make for friends as a gift for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.

We made a batch early this year to see how it would work on a silicone baking mat without buttering the pan.  The silicon baking mat that I used was from BakeItFun.

The BakeItFun silicone baking mat is a USA half-pan size, which means it was designed to fit perfectly into a standard size 13"x18" pan.  It is a premium quality silicone baking mat that has been manufactured using FDA and LFGB approved silicone.  That means that it's non-toxic and 100% BPA free.  In between layers of the best food grade silicone is a fiberglass mesh that will keep the mat in one piece.  It is very lightweight and flexible allowing the mat to be easily rolled thus taking very little space to store it.

To help you to distribute the food evenly on the mat, there are rulers on all four sides, and center circles.  This reusable mat has outstanding heat conductivity.  Since it can take drastic differences in temperature, from -40F (-40 C) degrees to 450F (230 C) degrees, it is perfect to use in the oven, microwave, or the freezer.  So go ahead and use it to freeze something, then pop it into a hot oven to cook.  The BakeItFun silicone baking mat will never absorb any flavors or odors from you food.  Cooking with garlic, onions, vegetables, cookies, and candies will always taste just like they are supposed to.

You never need to oil or butter the BakeItFun silicone baking mat.  Peanut brittle recipes always call for buttering your pans.  Well, we decided to skip this step when we made our peanut brittle.

Peanut Brittle
Yield: about 2 pounds
Adapted from Southern Living: Our Best Five-Star Recipes.

What you will need for this recipe: 3-quart saucepan; clip-on candy thermometer; 15- x 10- x 1-inch jellyroll pan; if you have one - silicone baking mat for the jellyroll pan.

2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup water
2 cups raw peanuts
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine the sugar, light corn syrup, and water in a 3-quart saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.  Cover mixture, and cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of pan.

Clip the candy thermometer onto the saucepan making sure that it does not touch the bottom, but the bulb is in the sugar mixture.

Add peanuts; cook until mixture reaches hard crack stage (300F degrees), stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat.  Stir in butter, vanilla, baking soda, and salt.

Working quickly, pour candy mixture onto the silicone topped jellyroll pan, (or buttered jellyroll pan if you don't have a silicone baking mat); spread to the edges of the pan before the candy hardens.

Let cool completely; break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

Here is the freshly made peanut brittle on top of the unbuttered BakeItFun Silicone Baking Mat once it had cooled.  It was so easy to just lift it right off the mat!  Without any butter whatsoever, the BakeItFun mat worked perfectly.  Oh, does the brittle tastes so good, too!

Clean up was a breeze!  It just took some soap and water to clean the baking mat, then we let it air dry, rolled it up, and stored it away for the next time we need it.  These mats are dishwasher safe, too.

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