Gotta love Influenster!

I definitely recommend checking out Influenster if you like to get free product to review. It’s a great site, user friendly, earn ‘badges’ by answering questionnaires, submitting product reviews etc. They even do VoxBoxes where you get a box free with goodies to review. I just got my first #RoseVoxBox and it was filled with awesomeness! Rimmel London mascars, Dr Scholls for her Cozy Cusion inserts, Lindt Truffles, BelVita breakfast biscuits and Kiss Nails Gradation polish set. I’ll post some reviews in the coming days..

TMI – a case of the au natural stinky pits

Listen. If you live a natural lifestyle you realize how horrendous conventional deodorants are. Aluminum? linked to Alzheimer’s. Parabens? Sure if I want to grow mutant cancer cells. Antiperspirants are terrible too. Your body is SUPPOSED to sweat.

The down side of natural deodorants is finding one that works well for you. I’ve been through a bazillion different ones.. the end result was always the same. Stinky stinky onion pits. Or I have to apply it on the hour, every hour. It’s frustrating. I’m not asking for a miracle here.. just normal, not stinky pits.

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I FINALLY FOUND A SUPER AWESOME, NATURAL DEODORANT!!!!!!! Seriously… i want to scream it from the rooftops. LAVILIN! LAVILIN!! LAAAAVIIIILLLIIIIIIIINNNNN!

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All natural – check! Fragrance free – check! Here’s the best part… one application lasts 4-7 DAYS! Seriously.. as a full time working Mom of 3 little ones, sometimes little things like putting on deodorant or plucking that one rogue hair gets thrown aside. This product appreciates that about me! It knows I want little to no commitment. It’s like it was developed just for me!

Application is easy. It comes with a tiny paddle that you use to spread it around your pits. If that sounds reaaaaally strange, they do offer a roll on but it doesn’t last as long. Either way.. I suggest checking it out.

 

xo

More than refrigerated cookie dough… Chocolate + Coconut = Immaculate Cupcakes

Sometimes you want tasty confections without wasting away in the kitchen. I’m still waiting for the day we all eat little food pills like in The Jetsons. Since we’re not there yet, we do what we do to eat tasty morsels in small amounts of time. Enter: Immaculate Baking Company! IBC has been making yummy sweets since the early 90′s. The best part is that they’ve partnered with the Non-GMO Project which is a huge win in this household. For those of you that live under a rock GMOs stand for ‘genetically modified organisms’ – basically food that has been bioengineered to be larger, heartier and resistant to pests. I’m not sure about you.. but I don’t want MY family eating food that has been created in a lab. Definitely check out the Non-GMO Project website for more info!

The lovely folks at IBC sent us a care package filled with refrigerated goodies (Check out our latest blog for a recipe for Sausage CinnaSwirls!) including their 2 latest refrigerated cookies: Coconut Macaroons and GLUTEN FREE Peanut Butter cookies!

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I decided to kick it up a bit and made:

Immaculate Cupcakes!

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1 cup milk alternative, we used Coconut!
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4oz cup of applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose unbromated flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder – I used Valrhona
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 package Immaculate Baking Coconut Macaroons

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Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin cups!

Whisk together the coconut milk and vinegar in a large bowl, and set aside for a few minutes to curdle.

Add the sugar, oil, and vanilla extract to the coconut milk mixture and beat well.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add little by little to the wet ingredients.

Pour tasty looking cupcake batter into liners filling 1/2 way. I experimented adding the coconut macaroons whole or in pieces and hands down adding them whole was WAYYYY more satisfying. Put them in the batter and then top with the remaining batter. You should have enough to make 12 cupcakes!

Bake 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Put them on a cool surface and have them cool completely.

For the frosting I made a simple Chocolate Ganache:

8oz Chocolate Chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

Cook the chocolate chips and heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. I transferred mine to the refrigerator to help it cool quickly and stiffen up.

Once everything is cooled, frost the cupcakes and garnish with shredded coconut!

TADA! Tasty, decadent cupcakes in a reasonable amount of time!!!

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disclaimer: Immaculate Baking sent me free product to review on our blog. Also note that matchingmummies does not accept any liability from the purchase or use of any products reviewed on this blog.

3 Tips on How to Use Christmas Ornaments in Fall DIY Projects!

matchingmummies:

Great ideas for repurposing Christmas decorations into your fall decorating!

Originally posted on ChemArt Blog:

The weather getting colder and the days getting shorter can be a bit depressing but there’s always one thing that lifts our spirits and that’s a great DIY project! Here are three easy tips on how to use your Christmas ornaments right now.

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Foodie Friday – Sausage CinnaSwirls

The lovely folks at Immaculate Baking sent us some fab samples of their latest cookie creations. They were also kind enough to throw in a can of their tasty cinnamon rolls!

I was looking for a different way to use them, Pinterest had some awesome ones! I wish I had a waffle iron because throwing some flattened cinnamon buns on the grill looked great. But I digress.. Nothing screamed out awesomeness to me. So I thought.. Sweet & Savory.. Cinnamon buns and pork sausages!!

Think pigs in a blanket.. But using cinnamon rolls. Brilliant I know! All you need is Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Rolls and frozen cooked sausages. I chose Wellshire maple pork sausages. Neither item has anything artificial, preservatives or colors. Super important when I’m cooking for the Fam.

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Anyone else love popping open cans of rolls?! Love it.

-Preheat the oven to 350°
-Unroll 1 cinnamon roll and cut in half
-Roll each piece of roll around a sausage link
-Depending on what sausage you use it might be better to cut each roll into 3rds.
-Throw em in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
-After 20 minutes keep a watchful eye every couple minutes. Make sure they’re not browning too much but also check to make sure they’re not too doughy.

My boys LOVED these… So did the Husband. These Sausage CinnaSwirls would be perfect for a family brunch or early AM tailgating.

xo Sarah

disclaimer: Immaculate Baking sent me free product to review on our blog. Also note that matchingmummies does not accept any liability from the purchase or use of any products reviewed on this blog.

Not your Momma’s house cleaner… well maybe if your mom was a flower child!

So thanks to our multiple buy-in-bulk-and-save memberships we sometimes tend to have a lot of SOMETHING on hand. Right now we’re sitting on a whole heck of a lot of  baking soda and vinegar! Together they make the most AMAZING volcanic eruptions every 3rd grader dreams of. In our case… they are the inspiration we need to DIY something awesome.

Our first oh so easy use – vinegar house hold cleaner. It’s such a no brainer because vinegar has been used for.. well.. forever. Not to mention it’s CHEAP! We got 5 liters for less than $4! We’re not fans of anything that’s made from harsh chemicals, that could harm any living thing and that adds fake smells of floral bouquets.

Why vinegar you ask? Well, vinegar has been proven to kill 90% of most common bacteria. Pretty fab considering it’s safe to use around kids and pets.

All you have to do is grab a mason jar, fill it half way with vinegar. Add some orange peels from that healthy snack you just ate and TADA! In a week or so you will have the most amazing smelling orange vinegar cleaner! Tips: the longer you leave the peels in the stronger it smells, strain out any big chunks of peel that might be floating around, and cut 1:1 with water.

DIY vinegar

Now grab a spray bottle at the local dollar store and you’re in business! Earth friendly and inexpensive to boot!

Because I’m eaaaaasy like Sunday dinner!!!!

Wait. Let that song keep playing in your head a bit. But the Faith No More version. The best version! But no, seriously, here’s a quick post for a quick roast!

I recently joined Weight Watchers to get rid of the baby weight I have left. So needless to say, I want to eat healthy but also eat delicious. Screw boiled chicken and rice cakes. If I’m going to diet, it’s going to be gourmet all the way!!!

So the other night I took a whole free range chicken, about 3.5 lbs, and made it for a quick dinner. It came out amazing so I’ll share how I did it!

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I stared by preheating my oven to 425. Then I gathered my ingredients for stuffing the bird. You’ll need half a white onion, chopped into large chunks, 4 cloves of garlic mashed, a whole lemon cut in half and fresh rosemary. Luckily I have a garden FULL of rosemary. Take the one half of lemon and squeeze it all over the outside of the bird, take the other half and squeeze into the inside of the bird. I then seasoned the inside and outside of the bird with salt and pepper. Take the squeezed lemons, onion, garlic and rosemary and fill the inside cavity of the bird.

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Then throw it in the oven for about an hour. I always check my meats with a thermometer. The temp should be 165! I usually check at the thick part between the thigh and breast. Once the bird is done, take it out and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then carve it up!! THAT’S IT!!!!!! So simple!

I looked up the Weight Watchers points and it was only :

Points+ with Skin: drumstick 2 pts, wing 3 pts, thigh 4 pts, 4 oz breast 5 pts

You’ll WANT to eat the skin. It’s crispy, it’s salty, with bright hues of lemon and rosemary. Trust me. DO it.

Tip: whenever I make a roast I always have leftovers. Makes the PERFECT chicken salad the next day for lunch.

Happy Sunday y’all!

~*clare*~