Monday, November 24, 2014

Sponsored Post- Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Bread and a GIVEAWAY!!

Posted by Heather at Monday, November 24, 2014 2 comments

Canyon Bakehouse Bread Prize Pack

**Disclaimer-I received this product for free from the manufacturer. I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the manufacturer of the product.

While I was at the Wow Summit in Orlando, FL, a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of trying out some Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Products. When I tasted the  Canyon Bakehouse bread, do you know what my first thought was? "Wow! This tastes just like bread!!"

It didn't taste gummy. It didn't have a funny after-taste.  It was soft and fluffy and tasted just like bread. Real bread. Like, bread with gluten in it.- except, that it doesn't contain gluten! It is a great bread alternative for those that suffer from a wheat intolerance and/or celiac disease.

Amazing!!

Here's a little more information Canyon Bakehouse, from their website, "Our mission is simple. We want you to LOVE BREAD AGAIN. Our family is gluten free and we are passionate about making real food with wholesome, clean ingredients. We bake bread the old-fashioned way and use only 100% whole grains. From our family bakehouse in the Colorado Rocky Mountains to your kitchen, enjoy eating without compromise."

In talking to the friendly staff at Canyon Bakehouse, I found out that you can find Canyon Bakehouse products at Target. Also, you can order their products directly from their website. Easy access- I like that!

Now, onto the fun stuff....! Thanks to the people at  Canyon Bakehouse (THANK YOU!), All Things Katy! blog is giving away not one- but TWO  Canyon Bakehouse Bread Packs (pictured)!! All you have to do is sign up to follow All Things Katy (in the right-hand column, under followers). Once you sign up to follow All Things Katy!, leave a comment on this post stating that you "follow" All Things Katy! That's it! (For a bonus entry, visit the Canyon Bakehouse website and peruse their awesome products. Then, leave a comment on this post with the name of the product that you'd like to try.) You're all set to try and win some yummy Canyon Bakehouse goodies!

The Canyon Bakehouse Bread Prize Pack includes one of each of the following products:
-Canyon Bakehouse Cinnamon Raisin 
-Canyon Bakehouse  7-Grain
-Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White
-Canyon Bakehouse Rosemary and Thyme FFocaccia
-Canyon Bakehouse Cranberry Crunch Muffins

**The  Canyon Bakehouse Giveaway will run from 11/24/14-11/30/14. TWO winners via Rafflecopter will be selected on Monday, Dec. 30, 2014. Be sure to make your e-mail address available so that I can contact the winners (I will contact the winners to get their mailing addresses). Prize packs will be delivered directly from Canyon Bakehouse.**

Good luck and happy"loafing!" :-)

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Canyon Bakehouse

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sponsored Post by Moms Meet- Monk Fruit in the Raw

Posted by Heather at Sunday, November 23, 2014 0 comments
**Disclaimer-I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.


Monk Fruit In the Raw

I recently had the opportunity to try out sugar substitute, Monk Fruit In the Raw through Moms Meet bloggers program. I love to bake and while I'm not afraid of using Paula Deen amounts of butter in my confections, I do admit that there is a time and place for more sensible desserts. Especially, at this time of year when there are sweets tempting me around every corner. A little moderation is definitely called for around the holidays!

First off, let's talk about the company, In the Raw, Here is a little more information about the company: "In The Raw is a family-owned business that was established back in 1956 when founder, Marvin Eisenstadt, joined his father’s sugar packing business. Shortly after, Marvin was tasked with finding a less-processed sugar for a local restaurant’s health-conscious customers, and Sugar In The Raw was born. Fast forward to the sweetening revolution of the late 1990’s—when people really caught on to wholesome, zero-calorie alternatives to processed sugar. At that time, you could find a little brown Sugar In The Raw packet in almost every coffee house in America. Since then, the In The Raw product line has grown to include Stevia In The Raw, Agave In The Raw, and it’s latest addition, Monk Fruit In the Raw."

Now, let's talk specifically about Monk Fruit In the Raw. What, exactly, IS Monk Fruit In the Raw?! Well, according to the In the Raw website, Monk Fruit In the Raw is "... made from delicious vine-ripened monk fruit, also called luo han guo. It’s the zero-calorie* sweetener that tastes like sugar. Originally harvested in the 13th century, it’s been making life more delicious for years now..."


Monk Fruit In the Raw

Also, here are "Just the facts" about Monk Fruit In the Raw:
• Monk Fruit In The Raw is a wholesome, zero-calorie sweetener made from real monk fruit, a vine-ripened fruit that is native to Asia.
• Monk fruit, known as luo han guo in Asia, was first harvested in the 13th century by Arhats, or “Enlightened Ones,” which translates to Monks in English.
• The sweet and delicious extract from monk fruit is blended with other sweeteners to create the perfect balance of sweet.
• Monk Fruit In The Raw is naturally vegan, kosher, and gluten-free, and does not contain any added table sugar, sugar alcohols, or molasses.
• Conscious, rejoice! Monk Fruit In The Raw has the closest taste to sugar of any non-caloric sweetener, and has the least amount of aftertaste.
• One pack of Monk Fruit In The Raw is about as sweet as two teaspoons of sugar.
• One box of Monk Fruit In The Raw (40ct packets) retails for $3.49, and the Monk Fruit In The Raw Bakers Bag retails for $6.99. Price may vary based on the retailer.



My Little Helper

For our little experiment, we decided to try out the Best Chewy Brownies found on the In the Raw website. Monk Fruit in the Raw Bakers Bag measures just like regular sugar in your recipes. First off, let me state that this particular recipe DOES include some sugar (half sugar and have Monk Fruit In the Raw). Now, that we have that out of the way, let's talk about the brownie batter- smooth and chocolate-y- everything a brownie batter needs to be! Instead of adding walnuts (as the recipe suggests), I just added the same amount of chocolate chips. I mean, why not?! ;-)




I was really surprised to see that the Best Chewy Brownies recipe does NOT include any leavening agent- no baking soda or baking powder. I was concerned about the outcome because of this. I ended up baking the brownies for about 30 minutes and I was rewarded with dark, ooey, gooey, chocolate-y brownies. While the brownies were indeed flat, they were chewy and gooey (definitely needed a fork to eat these brownies!). However, the taste was good- sweet- and no after-taste. Of course, my choco-holic daughter LOVED the Best Chewy Brownies and was asking for seconds before she even finished her brownie. So, I'd say that's a big thumbs up!


Best Chewy Brownies using Monk Fruit In the Raw

Connect with In the Raw:

Website- InTheRaw.com
Facebook- facebook.com/intheraw
Twitter- twitter.com/intherawbrand




Preschool Thanksgiving Feast 2014

Posted by Heather at Sunday, November 23, 2014 0 comments
 "I had my Preschool Thanksgiving Feast, last Friday."


"I rocked my boots and Turkey outfit from Nanny and Poppy Jones! Thank you!"


"Speaking of Nanny and Poppy, they were able to come visit for the feast! Yay!"


"Here's my class, singing, as Pilgrim and Indian Boys and Girls."


"I'm thankful for my two special teachers, Ms. Amy-Lyn and Ms. Laura!"

"Happy Gobble, gobble!"

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sewing Pattern Testing- Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Top

Posted by Heather at Friday, November 21, 2014 0 comments

Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Suzie Top


Felicity Sewing Patterns- Suzie Skort and Suzie Top

I had the recent pleasure of testing Felicity Sewing Patterns' newest PDF sewing pattern, the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top/Headband. Now, the fun thing about the PDF sewing community is that it it worldwide. With the international exposure, PDF designers come from all over- including Stephanie, the brains and talent behind Felicity Sewing Patterns, all the way from Australia!

So, while we, here in the US are shivering with the recent polar vortex, Aussies are shedding their layers and welcoming the summer sun! Perfect for the warmer months, the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top are the perfect patterns for active girls.

Here's the highlights of the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top PDF Sewing Patterns:
-Both patterns fit sizes 2-14. I should note, though, that they both skip size 5 (my daughter's current size).
-The Suzie Skort features fitted knit shorts with two skirt options- wrap or flared, flippy.I tested the flippy option, with an inseam pocket on both sides. Skorts are the best way to dress active little girls as the run and jump and play (while still keeping them modest).
-The Suzie Top with matching headband helps creature the perfect, coordinated outfit.

Pertaining the the tutorial and pattern pieces themselves, here are my thoughts:
-The one word that I would use to describe the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top patterns (or, any Felicity Sewing Pattern), is "Straight-forward." Stephanie's style is clear and direct. Each step has it's own box and line. Very clear. Love that in a pattern!
-Due to the multiple pattern pieces for the flippy skirt, there are many color/pattern combinations to be made. I love when a pattern can be expressed in a variety of ways.
-I made my own bias tape (first time!) for the neck and arm binding in the Suzie top. Because of this, though, I feel like I fiddled a little too much- thus, stretching out-with the knit fabric. Complete operator error and no fault of the patterns. Next time, though, I'd probably either use pre-made bias tape and/or use a narrower seam allowance (to allow for more material to fold over the raw, knit edges).
-Lil' Miss loved the matching headband that came with the Suzie Top pattern. It's a great way to use up scraps of fabric!
-What I love most about this pattern, though, is the fact that my daughter LIVES in skorts in the summer and this is the perfect staple for my sewing library.

The Suzie Skort and Suzie Top are great summer staple sewing patterns for anybody sewing for a young girl. I know that I will be making more of these, once the spring and summer come around!

Thank you, Stephanie, for allowing me the opportunity to test the Suzie Skort and Suzie Top patterns for you! I had sew much fun!

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern in order to review this pattern for Felicity Sewing Patterns. The opinions expressed here are my own."***

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- Shocked!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress Sew-Along

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0 comments
This past week, I took part in the Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress Sew-along! I didn't lead the sew-along, this time. Instead, I just sewed along with the others and enjoyed the ride! (So much talent displayed in the sew-along by other sewists!)

Here's my finished dress- and Katy's Christmas dress (Love killing two birds with one stone)!!


Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress


Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress


Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress- Sweetheart Neckline and Ruffle Sleeves Detail


Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress- Buton Back Detail


Made for Mermaids Sophie Dress
Sew much fun! ;-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday- "Wishing and Hoping..."

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, November 12, 2014 0 comments

 

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