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Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently I tried to adjust my favorite coconut oil, chocolate chip cookie recipe and substitute almond flour for white flour.  The problem was the cookies spread out way too much and were like crepes.  I added more almond flour and the second batch was better but still way too thin.  They tasted good though, so I know if I keep experimenting, I will come up with the solution.

In my search, I did find it would be best to chill the dough and I will try that next time.  In the meantime, I tried another recipe for Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies and this one used baking soda instead of baking powder like mine and I decided to try it and chill the dough.  The cookies did not spread out but they did not take like a chocolate chip cookie like my first recipe.  The taste and texture is more like a macaroon.  They are very good, but I cannot believe there is such a huge difference in taste and texture.  This recipe almost tastes like flaked coconut was added.  Like I said, it is very good, just not what I would call a chocolate chip cookie.  I would refer to it as a chocolate chip macaroon cookie, lol.  Anyway, lets take a look at how we make these  and I will update with the other recipe and post pics of the first go round on that as well.

For my almond flour, I used the Morning Pep brand that is available on Amazon.  It is made from 100% all-natural Certified Gluten-Free by GFCO blanched almonds. The flour is ground very fine so it gives baked goods and sweets a rich flavor and moist texture, contains no preservatives or additives.  Morning Pep Almond Meal Flour is a great source of dietary fiber, Vitamin E, protein, iron, magnesium and calcium. Morning Pep Almond Flour is considered pasteurized by the USDA and The Almond Board of California.

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Almond Meal Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies (More Like A Macaroon In Consistency)

Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
    • 3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
    • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
    • 2 Large Eggs
    • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Fine Grind Sea Salt
    • 3-3-3/4 Cups of Almond Flour (dough was too soft with 3 cups so I added about 3/4 cup more)
    • 1-1/4 Cups of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
    • 2/3 Cup Toasted Walnuts (Optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Use a silicone baking mat or line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In your mixer bowl  cream the butter, extra virgin coconut oil and brown sugar. Next, add the vanilla and eggs and mix until blended.

Add baking soda and sea salt.  Add the almond flour one cup at time, beat well after each addition. I felt the dough was too soft after adding 3 cups of flour and gradually added more, I would say about 3/4 cup more.  Dough was still soft  but not as soft as before.

Add the chocolate chips and mix until incorporated in the dough, if you are adding the nuts, add them now and mix.

Chill the dough for at least an hour. Scoop with a small cookie scoop onto the lined cookie sheet and bake immediately for 11-12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.  Let cook and remove to baking rack to cool thoroughly.  Yield about 3 dozen with the additional flour.

 See our video below of the process:

 

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I received 2 bags of Morning Pep Almond Flour to facilitate my review.  As always my words and opinions are 100% my own.

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Peel and Julienne Your Vegetables Quickly and Easily with One Tool!

The Pridebit Julienne Peeler lets you easily peel your vegetables with one side of the blade and with the opposite side of the peeler, julienne them effortlessly. The peeler has a 2 in 1 blade that will peel even tough vegetables like squash and eggplant easily.

PrideBit Julienne Stainless Steel Peeler

 

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Pridebit Peeler

 

Food prep is easy with this versatile tool made of professional quality stainless steel that maintains sharpness even after washed in the dishwasher.  The peeler comes with a handy cleaning brush to help you clean out any small vegetable peels and then you can just rinse them and put right in the dishwasher.

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See our video below of it in action.  You can purchase the peeler on Amazon.com. There is a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee! Let me know what you think.

I received this peeler to facilitate my review as always, my words and views are 100% my own.

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Keep Multiple Mobile Devices Charged In Your Car Easily #PlusLifeGuard

Car Chargers for our smart phones are essential.  We need to know that we have the capability to charge our phones and mobile devices in the car.  Not only do I work from home and need my cell phone to be ready for me at all times to check and respond to business emails, take and make calls, check on the weather or other important things, it’s a contact point for my family.

 

I recently tested out the white and black +LIFEGUARD Car Charger 2.1 A and I was very impressed.  It has two USB ports so it can charge 2 devices at once, the front glows a nice blue color to show you the charger is working and believe me, it really is bad when you can’t tell and find out the hard way.  This way I know my charger has power and my connected devices are recharging.

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They device is compact and easy to take when traveling.  I am very impressed with it and you can purchase them right on Amazon.  Let me know if you have them and what your think.  Also let me know if you have any other questions about them.  I will be happy to answer them.

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Lifeguard Car Charger Black Box

SPECIFICATIONS:
Type: Dual USB Car Charger
Input: DC 12-24V
Output: 5V – 2.1A (Max)

Compatible Devices:
USB Output 1 (+IQ): All devices like iPad, iPhone, iPod, Tablets, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, Google Phone, Motorola, Sony, cameras, power banks etc.
USB Output 2 (1.0A): Cell phones and other small usb devices.

 

I was provided with 2 chargers by the company to facilitate my review.  As always all of my words and opinions are 100% my own.

 

 

 

 


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How To Measure Ingredients Precisely Whether Tsp., Tbsp. or ML

Whether your recipe calls for 1 Tbsp, 1 Tsp or 5 ML, you can get the exact measure you need.  The 1Easylife Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons are marked with both and you will easily measure and add the correct amount of ingredients to your recipes.  The spoons are stainless steel so they are super easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher.

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Unlike plastic measuring spoons these measurements are engraved into the handle so they will not wash off.  They look sleek and attractive and complement any kitchen. They nest in each other or can be hung by the ring for easy, neat storage.

1EasyLife-Stainless Steel-Measuring Spoons

The spoons come in six different sizes: 1/8-tsp., 1/4-tsp., 1/2-tsp., 1-tsp., 1/2-Tbsp. and 1-Tbsp.  This just may be the last set of measuring spoons you will ever buy.  You can purchase them on Amazon.

1 Easylife Measuing Sppons

See our review video below to see the details of these measuring spoons.

 

What do you think?  We would love to hear your thoughts.  Have you had plastic measuring spoons that looked yucky after putting them in the dishwasher?

 


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My Secret To Kneading Bread Dough

I love baking bread.  I know what goes in and I love the way it comes out.  I also enjoy the whole process especially kneading the dough.  It’s quite therapeutic and I have an easy way to make sure it doesn’t stick.  I just knead the dough on the dual-use silicone pastry and baking mat from 1Easylife. The mat provides a large non stick surface for me to knead the dough.  It also comes with a free 15″ wooden rolling-pin.  I like that the mat has measurements in inches and cm all along the sides as well as different size pie crust circles.

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1EasyLife Baking Pastry Mat

There are so many quality features in this mat, it’s the thickest mat on the market with a thickness of .7mm, simple to clean and takes up no room to store because it can be rolled.  You can also use it in the oven to line a cookie sheet and it is heat-resistant up to 480 degrees F.  With proper cleaning the mat is safe from micro-organisms and it is odor resistant. A very large 25″ by 15″ mat that gives you plenty of room to make your pastry, knead dough or bake lots of cookies on.

Silicone Pastry Mat

 

Bread silicone pastry mat

 

Bread Pastry Mat 1EasyLife

You can see our video review below:

 


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See How Magnets Work To Keep Your SmartPhone Secure

Maybe you are driving down bumpy mountain roads and want to make sure your phone is not sliding all over your dash or ending up on the car floor. Perhaps you just want to keep it securely in place on a counter or desk.  Whatever the reason, it is easy to do with the power of magnets.  DAFQCO’s Smart & Easy Magnetic Phone Holder is sleek and stylish.  It is easy to use and set up and comes with a money back guarantee.  Watch our review video below for all the details and to see it in action.

Smart and Easy Cellphone Holder

Package Contents:

• 1 detachable magnetic disk, gives you a choice to keep the magnet at the back of your device or leave the magnet on the ball mount

• 2 extra metallic phone attachments and 2 extra 3M tapes

• 1 steel ANTI-RUST ball mount for 360-degree rotation

• alcohol cleaning pads

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Smart & Easy Phone Holder

 

Please note, the magnet will not harm your phone but keep it away from credit cards, people with pacemakers and other magnet sensitive devices.  I was provided with this product to facilitate my review.  As always my words and views are 100% my own.

 


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Loving Pets, Ruff ‘N Tuff® Diamond Plate Bowl For Pets Review & Giveaway!!! #HolidayGiftGuide

We have 3 dogs in our family, an American Bulldog, a Westie and a Maltese.  They are all the best of buddies despite the size differences and often they all eat from the same dish which can cause a lot of sliding and skidding and leads to a big mess.  We recently tried using the Loving Pets, Ruff ‘N Tuff Diamond Plate Bowl in XL.

Diamond Bowl

I was impressed with the quality of the bowl and how heavy it was.  The full rubber bottom prevents it from slip sliding all over as doggies dine. The bowl has a great look and functions well and Delilah, Zoey and Sassy give it 3 paws up!  Mommy Ramblings is adding the Loving Pets Ruff ‘N Tuff, Diamond Plate Bowl to our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  The bowl is available in 5 sizes for all breeds, x-small-XL:1 Pint, 1 Quart, 2 Quarts, 3 Quarts, and 5 Quarts

You can enter to win a Diamond Plate Bowl by using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck, open to US residents.

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Bamboo Pro™ Self-Warming Knee Support Review & Giveaway!!! #HealingTreeShop


My daughter is a runner and cyclist and she has one knee that gives her problems from time to time.  When I saw the Bamboo Pro Bamboo Pro™ Self-Warming Knee Support, I knew I had to get her one to try.  The Bamboo Pro™ Self-Warming Knee Support contains Bamboo Charcoal Technology that offers self-warming properties. Unlike normal supports, it activates with your body heat to bring restorative warmth to your muscles, cartilage, and joints. Natural heat increases blood circulation, which in turn delivers proteins, nutrients, and oxygen to the affected area. This helps ease discomfort, relieve achy joints due to aging, enhance muscle performance, and recovery.

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And if you overheat, bamboo charcoal can fluctuate in temperature to provide cooling relief. Bamboo Pro™ is safe, effective, and easy to use. It can be worn all day and night for long-lasting, natural relief.   Available in sizes small to extra-large.

She really liked the support and said it helped with the discomfort during flare ups.  They come in a variety of sizes to fit all types of legs and knees.  If you are suffering from knee pain, you may want to take a look at the Bamboo Pro Self-Warming Knee Support.

Bamboo Charcoal –> Natural Heat, which Improves:

  • Blood Circulation
    Muscle Relief
    Achy Joints due to aging
    Inflammation after workouts
    Fatigue
    Soreness
    Mobility
    Flexibility
    Discomfort
    Recovery

How Bamboo Charcoal is made:
We take Bamboo stalks from sustainable forests and fire them in a kiln for up to 1,800 Farenheit for 2 weeks long. This pyrolysis process creates a bamboo charcoal powder known as “Black Diamond”. From there, it activates with your body heat for self-warming, natural relief. So by itself, it does nothing. It requires body heat to activate.

Bamboo Pro Supports Recovery for Our Troops – Charity Program:
We provide FREE $50 Care Packages with Bamboo Pro Supports for anyone who has served in the military and suffers from joint issues. Requests can be made by emailing: joe@healingtreeproducts.com

Would you like to win one?  If so just enter the giveaway below using the Rafflecopter widget.  Open to US residents.  Good Luck!!!

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K5 Learning Online Reading and Math Program Review!!!

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K5 Learning is an award-winning online reading and math program for kids in kindergarten to grade 5. Kids work at their own level and their own pace through a personalized program of over 3,000 online tutorials and activities.

Designed principally for after school study and summer study, K5 is also used by homeschoolers, special needs and gifted kids. K5 helps your children build good study habits and excel in school.

I recently tried this program out and it was easy to set up and customize for my kids. Before they begin they enter their name and grade level, then design a character that looks like them or anything they like. Next, your child is ready to start learning through fun games. The math facts for my 5-year-old was done integrated with a bowling theme and it was engaging and kept his interest. It is a program that both he and my 7-year-old look forward to playing not something that is a drag. It will save their progress, give reports and let children switch between math, spelling and math and reading lessons easily.

Parents will find it easy to monitor progress and identify areas where their children need more help or practice. There are 2 logins, one for parents and one for kids.  The kids are logged in to an easy to navigate dashboard and the parents have a dashboard that lets them view  reports on their child and get the details of how they are progressing.   To view a video of how the system works click HERE.  The software is designed so that children as young as 4 can use and navigate the lessons by themselves.

This program is great for both kids that attend school or are home schooled as well as pre-school age children. If you are looking for a reading and math enrichment program, you should check out K5. You can view sample lessons HERE. There is a 14 day free trial you can use to see for yourself how it works and how your child likes it. You can also download a free ebook, “How to Help Your Kids Succeed in School” filled with practical advice and specific activities by clicking HERE.  To set up the free trial click HERE to get started.  Let me know what you think.

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Oh and you can get free printable worksheets by clicking HERE.

Online Reading & Math Program for K-5

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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Orblue, Propresser Garlic Press Gives You The Garlic You Crave Without Stinky Hands!!!

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Do you love to cook with garlic but hate the peeling and mincing of the garlic cloves?  Do you hands smell like garlic for days after peeling and mincing?  If you answered yes, I’ve got good news. The Propresser Garlic Press is what you need!  Right out of the box you will see that the Propresser is a cut above cheap zinc alloy garlic presses.

Garlic Press

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The Propresser is made for 100% stainless steel that won’t rust or weaken at the joint.  This garlic press was designed to meet your needs for years to come.  The company is so sure that their press is the best they give custoerms a double guarnatee for the lifetime of the product.  If anything goes wrong they will not only refund your money but send you a brand new unit too!  You do not have to peel the cloves and it presses the garlic right out leaving the skin behind.  The press is comvortable and it is so easy to effortlessly produce minced garlic for all your cooking needs.

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I tried it first with an unpeeled clove, super easy and fast.

I tried it first with an unpeeled clove, super easy and fast.

 

 

In goes unpeeled garlic.

In goes unpeeled garlic.

 

The garlic pressed just as easy and left the skin behind in the basket.

The garlic pressed just as easy and left the skin behind in the basket.

Trying a bigger piece of unpeeled garlic.

Trying a bigger piece of unpeeled garlic.

Garlic all minced just as easy.

Garlic all minced just as easy.

And the skin is left behind.

And the skin is left behind.

Yummy Garlic Bread!

Yummy Garlic Bread!

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Garlic Press No More Smelly Hands

When you are done, clean up is just as easy!  All you need to do is flip up the Propresser Garlic Press’s basket and rinse or put right in your dishwasher.  You can buy the Propresser Garlic Press at Amazon.com.  Happy Pressing!

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