Saturday, December 31, 2011

Do You Have Any New Year's Resolutions?

Every year I resolve to exercise more especially adding leg lifts to my routine.  I start out well and stick to the plan, but then I always seem to get sidetracked.  This year, however, I am ready to give it another shot since I moved my full length mirror.  Glancing at my whole less than perfect body should provide better motivation. 

Strange how when I lose weight that I find  it vanishes only from the top and not the legs.  Why I am so lucky in that respect baffles me to no end.  However, this year I am prepared to tune those puppies up once and for all.

I don't know how well this full mirror trick will work to keep me practicing those leg lifts.  Nonetheless, it is what I'm going to try this year to help me shape up and tone my legs.

Do you have resolutions set for this new year?  If so, tell me what they are and how you plan to go about it?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Keep Young Ones From Losing Interest in New Toys With This Tip!

We all know how quickly children can loose interest when it comes to toys.  However, there is a way to keep toys fresh like a few from Christmas without spending extra money for constantly replacing them. 

Do try to box some of those toys up and hide them for a while.  Though this may sound mean, but you are not depriving anything to those very young children in the least.  Instead, they will focus on the ones before them and forget about what is no longer there. 

Once you notice their interest is waning in their current selection, then it is the perfect time to pull out that stash of toys. 

Make it fun for them and wrap up that box with a pretty gift wrap or even take apart a brown grocery bag for them to unwrap when you present it like another gift.  Watch the excitement on their little faces as they peel away that paper and peer into yet another gift.

Another inexpensive way for those little ones to have fun is saving any big box for them to play in.  Allow them to explore the interior and use it to hide or sit in.  Watch them play with that box for hours while suddenly neglecting those toys.  Those faces will light up as you open up another avenue for them to use their imagination.

I dare you to try this with your own very young children.  You will save yourself some money and also multiple their happiness with fresh fun and possibilities! 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Need a Tasty Appetizer like My Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms for Your Holiday Party?

I happen to love mushrooms in any shape or form.  This recipe is really great because you can make it ahead of time to store in the refrigerator without worrying about messing up your kitchen.  All you have left to do is to grab that dish and pop into your oven later once your guests arrive.

Don't worry about the tiny bit of garlic in this recipe.  Just grab a breath mint or head to the bathroom for a quick gargle because this is too delicious not to enjoy while it will make you look like some culinary star once you serve these tasty hot delights.

I hope you do try these because they are special and I wanted to share them with YOU!

My Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

1/2 cup white bread, cut into cubes (about 2 slices)
12 large fresh mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 eggs
1/2 cup of cottage cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

Soak bread in a little water, then squeeze dry and shred  in your mixing bowl. 

After you clean your mushrooms, chop the stems, garlic and brown lightly in half of the olive oil. 

Take off the heat  and add this into your mixing bowl along with the crumbs, eggs, and cottage cheese.

Stuff the mushroom caps with filling and arrange them, cap side down on a baking dish rubbed lightly with some of the oil.  Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top and drizzle the rest of the olive oil over the tops. 

Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Reviva Labs Under Eye Dark Circle Serum and Swiss Apple Stem Cell Booster Serum Review + Giveaway!--Ends January 16, 2012

*Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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These two Revia Lab products are wonderful to add to your skin care routine.


You can either learn to use cosmetics like a makeup artist to beautify or be lucky enough to run into skin care products that can help eradicate problems instead of merely masking them up like the two of the excellent items sent to me from the natural skin care experts at Reviva Labs for this review and giveaway with their Under Eye Dark Circle Serum and Swiss Apple Stem Cell Booster Serum. 

As one that suffers from year round allergies, I constantly battle dark under eye circles known as allergic shiners on a daily basis with puffiness.  Unlike some that wake up beautiful, I do not even look at my reflection while I wash until I have my first cup of coffee so that my eyes have a chance to drain somehow.   Otherwise, it spoils my breakfast. 

When I applied a dab of the Under Eye Dark Circle Serum and tapped the substance gently beneath my eyes the following morning, I didn't expect the puffiness would go down that quickly.  However, I began noticing changes about an hour later with the darkness lighting along with those saucer eyes. 

Nonetheless, the reason could be attributed to the biopeptide/bioflavanoid complex Reviva Labs uses in the formula.  The ingredient helps eliminate the darkening problem from hemoglobin deposits accumulating under the eyes from capillary leakage besides working on the puffiness.

Since I heard about the exciting effects on skin from apple stem cells for repairing the aging process, I was more than happy to volunteer my face for experimentation with the Swiss Apple Stem Cell Booster Serum.  You can use this product either alone or under your day moisturizer, night cream, or serum, which the company encourages for even better results since it acts as a catalyst. 

Layering this Reviva Labs serum with the anti-aging serum I was currently using did help further beautify my complexion.  The more I keep using this product with my anti-aging serum, the more radiant and flawless my skin is looking.  My already smooth skin is even softer.   Also, I noticed even my pores seem to be hardly visible. 

Both of these products are great if you want my opinion.  In fact, I am eager to try more from Reviva Labs and think you should give them a try. 

Thanks to Reviva Labs, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States wins an Under Eye Dark Circle Serum (1 fl. oz.) and a Swiss Apple Stem Cell Booster Serum (1 fl. oz) for a total of $59!


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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

How to Prevent Overeating at Holiday Parties

The holidays are the perfect time to pack on those excess pounds without even realizing it until the next time you step on that scale.  Over indulging is easy with all those tempting cookies, desserts, appetizers, and other delicious special dishes we are exposed to.  The problem is made even worse when attending the round of holiday parties with cocktails and buffet tables loaded with various assorted yummy delights just waiting for you to sample.  However, there are some ways to prevent yourself from overeating for a party.

1.  Eat four almonds fifteen minutes before arriving at that party.  The fat content of the almonds will help satisfy and curb your appetite so you won't attack that buffet from sheer hunger.

2.  Do not stand in front of the buffet table and chat.  If so, your hand could keep reaching for things to nibble.  You might not even notice how many of those awesome canapés or cookies you ate in the midst of conversation.

3.  Cocktails are loaded with extra calories. Some fancy ones can have several hundred while a glass of white wine can be 150.  Learn to nurse the cocktail in your hand instead of drinking a few for each party since they do add up. 

4.  Avoid the fried offerings and narrow in on your healthiest options.  Eat but do not fill that plate with food.  Don't flutter around that buffet table like a butterfly.  Instead pretend you're a sparrow and nibble and then fly away to socialize.

5.  If you need to look like you're eating to fit in, then find the fresh, raw vegetables on that buffet table first and detour past the dips. 

These are just a few secret ways to save you from accidentally gaining that holiday weight.  I do hope this helps!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boo Bamboo Hair Care Line Review and Giveaway! (3 Winners!)--Ends January 14, 2012

*Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Boo Bamboo hair products assortment

You'll never need to have another bad hair day again once I tell you about the Boo Bamboo hair care products.  I recently was sent the five products in their line for this review and giveaway and know you'll be interested in my latest discoveries.

Rich in minerals, organic proteins and their special secret weapon of bamboo extract with silica, Boo Bamboo products worked exceptionally well to transform my hair.  This all natural organic line has no sulphates, is safe for color-treated hair besides being paraben and DEA free for supreme gentleness and helped strengthen and bring back beautiful gloss and vitality to what was dull, lifeless hair.

The Boo Bamboo Strengthening Shampoo lathered nicely with pleasant almost like a fruity type of smell in this moisturizing and strengthening formula.  

I followed with the Boo Bamboo Strengthen & Shine Conditioner.  This was great and just a little untangled  my hair and rinsed out well.  

Since I wanted to see how my hair reacted to those two products without trying the more intensive Boo Bamboo Conditioning Treatment, I started drying my hair with my blow dryer to partially dry before reaching for their Boo Bamboo Frizz Control Curl Defining Gel.  

I worked some of the gel into my hair as usual, about an inch from the root and finished.  I found that I had wonderful control without any sticky feel to my gorgeous shiny hair.  

I was curious what their Boo Bamboo Hair Strengthening Seal & Shine Serum would do to top that result so I added that step the next day to my routine and gave my head a shot of that spray to my dampened hair.  This serum really boosted the gloss even further.

Later that week, I included the Boo Bamboo Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment to my hair care ritual.  This time my hair felt softer and healthier overall  when rubbed together with my fingers without the crunching sound it is prone to.  My hair already had lots of shine, but I felt with all the light bouncing off of it, my head gleamed with mirror-like radiance from this deep conditioner. 

I really do think the Boo Bamboo products did an amazing job on improving the look and texture of my hair.  If your hair could use some help, I definitely recommend checking this hair care line out fbecause you too could discover more beautiful hair awaits you like I did!

Thanks to Boo Bamboo, three lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States or Canada win the same five hair care product line with a total value of $50 that include:

1.  Boo Bamboo Strengthening Shampoo (10.14 fl. oz.)
2.  Boo Bamboo Strength & Shine Conditioner (10.14 fl. oz.)
3.  Boo Bamboo Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment (4. 05 fl. oz.)
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

Today, I am taking off from my regular posting to celebrate Christmas with my family and friends.  However, I could not let this day go by without wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas filled with joy and happiness. 

Rest assured, Nuts 4 Stuff will be back to normal operation tomorrow.  Be on the watch for more great giveaways and helpful posts this upcoming week that you don't want to miss.

Until then, fellow Nutsters, stay well, warm, and remember the true meaning of Christmas is so much more than monetary value.  Share this special day with loved ones, friends, or those that could use a smile. 

Something as simple as dropping off a plate of cookies to a shut-in elderly neighbor that has no one can brighten that person's day to be thought of.  Your own heart will be lifted as well. 

Every time you do something that comes from heart without pre-planning always comes back to you with something wonderful happening.  You may be skeptical, but I sincerely believe this and hope you keep an open mind. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Now Is the Perfect Time for My Sweet Orange Buns!

One of the best fragrances a home has comes when homemade bread is baking to fill it with a delicious aroma.  Yet you can intensify that joyful smell by making a raised sweet dough sprinkled with grated orange peel and sugar with My Sweet Orange Buns.  These are as light as feathers and the perfect way to brighten a winter day!

This recipe is wonderful to enjoy especially when you have oranges in the house.  Since we have the chemical free USDA certified organic oranges in the refrigerator from South Tex Organics, then I thought this is the perfect time to grate those peels and get a dual purpose from their healthier citrus.

Their organic oranges are extra sweet and contain more of their vitamin content than the commercial counterparts.  So I encourage you to seriously think about the benefits of organics and the amazing citrus that South Tex Organics sells and order some because you will be doing a good thing for your health and your tummy.

If you haven't entered the South Tex Organics Large Combo Box of Citrus Giveaway (the 13 grapefruits and 24 oranges) yet, then you can still do so until December 28, 2011.  Do enter and then you can hurry and make this recipe for your family as well!

My Sweet Orange Buns

1-3/4 cups of sugar
1/4 cup grated orange peel
5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups of unsifted flour
1 teaspoon of salt
3 tablespoons or packages of active dry yeast
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup of hot tap water (about 125 degrees)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of melted margarine

First you make the Orange Sugar Topping.  Mix 1 cup of the sugar with the 1/4 cup of the grated orange peel.  Set aside.

To make the dough the quick way, you put 1-1/4 cups of the flour, 3/4 cup of sugar, salt, vanilla, and undissolved yeast  in a large mixing bowl.  Now add your oil and gradually the hot tap water.  Beat with the electric mixer, adding eggs one at a time and 1/4 cup more flour.  Continue beating and then keep adding the rest of the flour until you get a soft dough.  Turn out on a floured surface and knead until smooth and workable.

If you prefer to make the dough the old-fashioned way, you need to test the temperature of the water on your wrist to make it sure it is not too hot to scald first.  It has to be hotter than just warm.  Add that water with a teaspoon of sugar to the yeast and set aside for five minutes to help it grow.  Then add the 1-1/4 cup of flour gradually with the oil, eggs, salt, and vanilla beating in with your electric mixture.  Stir in the rest of the flour until you form a soft dough.  Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead smooth.

From this stage with either way you start, you divide the dough into three equal portions.  Divide one portion into eight equal pieces.  Roll each piece into a smooth ball and dip into the melted margarine and then dipping into the Orange Sugar Topping Mixture to coat.  Do this procedure for each piece until it's gone.

Turn your coated buns into a greased 8" round cake pan.  Cluster them together and cover them tightly with a plastic wrap, then aluminum foil.  Do this the same way for an additional second pan.  You can either store in the freezer and unthaw at another time, one or both pans for three hours with the plastic wrap at room temperature.  Let rise in a warm spot until the buns double in size (about 2-1/2 hours). 

For same day use, you do the same thing of letting the buns that you covered with a dish towel grow in a warm place until they double in size (about 2-1/2 hours).

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly golden at the bottom.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Maui Excellent Pumpkin Papaya Pomegranate Massage & Moisturizing Butter Review and Giveaway! (2 Winners!)--Ends January 11, 2012

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**


If you have extremely dry skin and want a great all natural body or even facial moisturizer, then I found something that can solve that problem for you in Pumpkin Papaya Pomegranate Massage & Moisturizing Butter from Maui Excellent

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Maui Excellent Pumpkin Papaya Pomegranate Massage & Moisturizing Butter
My guy happens to have a circulation problem and is prone to extreme dryness on his problem leg.  He needs to constantly moisture to prevent the area from cracking and opening into a wound.  Therefore, I made sure he lubed up with Pumpkin Papaya Pomegranate Massage & Moisturizing Butter as the official test subject.

One of the first things he raved about was the fact this product was unscented instead of having any "girly like" smell.   He also noticed this butter absorbed nicely and didn't leave grease stains on his pants or socks.  Most important, he mentioned that his problem area was responding better with less flaking than with the pharmacist-recommended lubricating cream he was using.  

Diabetics or those suffering from circulation problems that need to keep areas well moisturized will especially appreciate how this unscented butter will work to quench the skin with long-lasting moisture.  

Slathering some of this luxurious butter over your body leaves the skin feeling silky smooth and pampered from the intensive moisturization of the hydrating shea butter, pumpkin seed oil, avocado, and sunflower oil for soothing suppleness.  This healing formula also has pomegranate to rejuvenate the skin while the papaya enzymes work to get rid of dead skin cells without any mineral oil, chemical fillers, or artificial ingredients.  I can say this honestly because before I handed my guy the jar, I sampled some first!  

Regardless as to what causes your dryness, my guy and I both think is a topnotch product for locking in healing moisture.  This is even advertised to soften old scars.  

Thanks to Maui Excellent, two lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States win a 4-oz. jar of Pumpkin Papaya Pomegranate Massage & Moisturizing Butter from Maui Excellent  ($13.99 value)!


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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Make Merry With My Chocolate Sea Foam Bars!

The holidays are the perfect time to try out new cookie recipes to share with family and friends.  Over the years, I have discovered some incredible ones like the one I have for you today with my Chocolate Sea Foam Bars

This is a rich chocolate bar that is not quite a brownie, but hardly just a meager cookie that is topped with a fluffy meringue and finely chopped pecans or walnuts. 

I warn you that chocoholics will flock to the tray and have those bars gone before you finish serving the coffee so it's a good idea to bake a double batch of this recipe.  After all, you don't want to disappoint the chocoholics and yourself from sampling these scrumptious delights!

My Chocolate Sea Foam Bars

1/2 cup of margarine (not spread)
1/2 cup of sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa
1 cup of sifted flour
2 egg whites
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/8 teaspoon of salt

Cream the margarine with the sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat until well blended.  Add cocoa sifted together with the flour and mix thoroughly.  Spread mixture in the bottom of an ungreased 8 x 12-inch shallow pan.

Beat the egg whites with the salt until they hold soft peaks, adding brown sugar gradually until it forms a stiff meringue.  Spread over the cookie dough and sprinkle with the finely chopped nuts.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cut into bars while still warm.  Makes about two dozen depending on the size cut.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm Fabulous Cosmetics Repair Serum and Mineral Foundation Review and Giveaway!--Ends January 9, 2012

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I'm Fabulous Cosmetics Repair Serum and Mineral Foundation

Who doesn't want to defy the aging process?  When I read the advertising claims with the Repair Serum that I'm Fabulous Cosmetics sent me along with a Mineral Foundation for this review and giveaway, I was intrigued to see what radical improvement after one application would await my own face since I too am constantly trying new products to beat the clock.

Seriously, I was skeptical looking at the bottle in my hand.  Nonetheless, I gave the thick white serum a few brisk shakes and proceeded to pump.  The consistency is almost like a cream instead of watery liquid.

Furthermore, this serum went into my face without a greasy feel.  My skin felt noticeably softer and nicely hydrated. 

After a time, you can feel this product working slightly as you notice your face having a tad more color from the active ingredients such as the hyaluronic acid, DMAE, vitamin A, B, C and E, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic acid.

I'm Fabulous Cosmetics mentioned to expect a welcome change within eight hours after use.  I woke up and checked the clock when I remembered six hours had passed.  Even though I was still sleepy, I was curious what my face would look like after that time so I headed to the bathroom.

I do not have severe wrinkling, but I have two bad boys at the side of my mouth that I wish could be banished permanently.  Yet, I was shocked after I turned on the light and examined my face.  I hardly could see those wrinkles with how wonderfully plumped the area appeared.  In fact, my skin tone looked more even with a healthier glow to it as well.

The next morning, I washed my face and smiled at my reflection since it was true and not a dream.  Those two wrinkles practically faded back into my face.  In addition, my complexion looked gorgeous for color and texture to boot!  This result, dear readers, is only after one use. 

Now can you imagine what fantastic skin improvement I may have after using the entire bottle?  I gladly will be testing the rest and noting the progress of improvements because I really do love this stuff.  I have tested a lot of fantastic skin care products, but this is one of the very best that I have ever tried!

Next I tried the Mineral Foundation I received in Butter (the light with yellow tones).  What you would really love about this particular foundation is after opening  what happens next.  You turn the shaker part like a knob, instead of just peeling a plastic sheet, to release the powder.  This is way easier to control the amount of powder you want to use to prevent waste.

The I'm Fabulous Cosmetics Mineral Foundation in Butter itself was an exceptional foundation.  The color was a great shade for me and vanished into my skin for  beautiful, flawless coverage.  I loved how long lasting it was without caking my pores or vanishing.

If you ask me, I can't speak more highly of either of these two products because they certainly impressed me.  Do check I'm Fabulous Cosmetics out and discover their wonders for youself.

Thanks to I'm Fabulous Cosmetics, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States win a bottle of the their Repair Serum ($45) and a Full Size Mineral Foundation ($16.99) in the color of their choice (a $62 total value)!


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This giveaway ends January 9, 2012 at 12 PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will need to respond to my email with name and shipping address within 48-hours or another winner will be picked.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Are You an Early Holiday Shopper or a Procrastinator?

The clock is ticking! Have you gotten all of your holiday shopping finished yet?  I happen to like to get my gift buying done early so I can make sure the perfect choices are still available.  On the other hand, some people prefer to wait because of the lack of time or the thought of better sales at checkout.  

If you need some inspiration, then I encourage you to check out the 2011 Holiday Gift Guide from our wonderful sponsors.   Those gift buying problems could be solved in a few simple clicks.

You'll find gifts to please everyone that shouldn't be missed from irresistible fragrances and luxurious scented  lotions from Harvey Prince, elizabeth W Perfumes, Ko Denmark, Garden Botanika, Crabtree & Evelyn, Auric Blends and Liz Zorn Perfumes to mood-enhancing aromatherapy based scents from Maui Excellent to Manor Hall Soap Company.

Who doesn't appreciate items that help them look their best?  You'll find fantastic products to improve the  hair from HBL Hair Care, Urielle Luxury Hair Care, Eden Allure, to the ultimate hair styling tool from InfraShine.

We all are searching for products to turn us into glamour girls.  Check out Monave Mineral Makeup, Ivolve Beauty, I'm Fabulous Cosmetics, and Hard Candy for some ideas! 

Still, we have sexy lingerie from Smart & Sexy and cute shoes from Lindsay-Phillips that would be welcome under any woman's Christmas tree.

Furthermore, what could be more thoughtful that something yummy for the tummy when it comes to gift giving?  Do not forget South Tex Organics and their awesome citrus, Dancing Deer Baking Company, Beecher's Handmade Cheese, Bella Viva Orchards, and the Protein Bakery.

Don't let Christmas shopping keep you away from all these fabulous items because they can help better your life, health, and looks!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kō Denmark Jasmine + Neroli Organic Body Lotion Review and Giveaway! (3 Winners!)--Ends January 4, 2012

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" inks.**


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Kō Denmark Jasmine + Neroli Organic Body Lotion 
One of the best ways to indulge your senses is with something that makes you feel your most beautiful self.  However, the perfect scented lotion is one that can transform you from feeling ordinary to glamorous plus pamper your dry skin with only the best organic ingredients and rare oils like Kō  Denmark's Jasmine + Neroli Organic Body Lotion that I received for this review and giveaway.

Once you open the cap, you are greeted to the sweet fragrance of jasmine, rose and ylang ylang, balanced with neroli flowers to give it more of a fresh and uplifting scent.  But this aromatherapy benefit is only the beginning of what awaits once rubbing some of this enchanting lotion on.

At the same time, I noticed how rich and luxurious this lotion was.  My skin felt conditioned without any greasy feel and left every inch it touched silky and soft with that timeless elegant scent Kō Denmark is famous for with their Jasmine + Neroli.

In fact, the more times I applied this lotion, the better my skin looked from the healing  ingredients that soothed and helped repair dryness.  You won't have to worry about it having any mineral oil, phtalates, or parabens as fillers either only top quality organics.

I definitely love Kō Denmark's perfume and now their lotion since the scent lasts for hours.  Honestly, I do think you would also be nuts about this product as well!

You can buy online or find locations where to purchase here.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received was a free product to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Kō Denmark, three lucky Nuts 4 Stuff readers in the United States or Canada win a full size 7-oz. bottle of Kō  Denmark Organic Jasmine & Neroli Body Lotion ($36 value)!

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Let Me Tempt You With My Anise Fluff Cookies!

As promised, I told you yesterday that I would be sharing of few of my favorite recipes for Christmas cookies.  Here is another recipe that I adore when you're craving licorice.  My Anise Fluffs is not an overly sweet cookie either and are as light as the name implies. 

One bite and I bet it will put a big smile on your smile!

My Anise Fluffs

4 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of margarine
3 eggs
5 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 teaspoon of anise-flavored extract

Cream margarine and sugar together until well mixed.  Then add your dry ingredients (that has been sifted together) with your eggs and flavoring.  Beat with your electric mixer at low speed until well blended.

Shape one heaping teaspoon of dough into an oval about a 1-1/2 inch size.  Repeat until you get about five dozen. 

Be sure to place cookies one inch apart from each other on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Let Me Share Some of My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes With YOU!

A bit of the season's holiday magic suddenly seems to appear once batches of Christmas cookies come out of the oven.  This year I will be sharing a few of my treasured favorites from time to time with you before you start your holiday baking. 

Today, I hope you will try my Luscious Lemon Bars.  This cookie has a pastry-like bottom with a second layer of baked in lemon cream and is topped off with a mere dusting of confectioners' sugar.  This recipe is so incredibly delicious that I only make it for the holidays since they are impossible to resist.

One thing I want to mention is the importance of an accurate measure of your baking powder.  Always measure out your baking powder or soda with a measuring spoon and keep it level. 

Also, did you know that Rumford Baking Powder is one of the only baking powders without aluminum?  You may want to check your brand of baking powder first before that holiday baking. Otherwise, you may be eating extra aluminum.

Tomorrow, I will give you a yummy recipe for those that love the flavor of licorice!


My Luscious Lemon Bars

1 cup of margarine
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of confectioners' sugar
2 and 1/3 cups of unsifted flour
4 eggs
1 and 3/4 cups of sugar
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

Cream margarine with the one-half cup of confectioners' sugar.  Add two cups of flour and stir with a wooden spoon until well mixed.  Pat and press evenly into a lightly greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.  Bake at 350-degrees for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the eggs, sugar, remaining, one-third cup of flour, lemon juice and baking powder in a blender.  Blend a few seconds until well-mixed.

Pour the blended mixture over the crust that has baked for 20 minutes.  Then return to the oven and bake 25 minutes longer or until it appears golden brown.

Cool completely and then dust with the remaining confectioners' sugar.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Manor Hall Soap Company Holiday Scented Olive Oils Soaps Review and Giveaway! (3 Winners!)--Ends January 3, 2012

**Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Manor Hall Soap Company Holiday Scented Olive Oils Soap products


Celebrate the holidays Manor Hall Soap Company style with their festive Seasonal Art House Olive Oil Soaps and Liquid Handwash in Peppermint Cocoa like the ones I received for this review and giveaway!

If you never experienced their olive oil soaps yet, then you will definitely want to try their Seasonal Art House Sampler Box of five mini bars like the one sent to me.  You'll find blissful scents such as: Spearmint Grapefruit, Dunes, Bella Coconut, and Beached to tempt you.  These bars deliver intensive rich lather enriched with essential oils, botanicals, and spices!  This is a great way to discover each scent to find the perfect one for you.

I also found a Seasonal Art House Soap in Snowflake in the 5 oz. size in my box.  This was a very pleasing scented bar with nutmeg, warm of vanilla and just a hint of holiday evergreen. The addition of aloe butter and calendula infused with organic sunflower oil to their signature olive oil gave this formula even more moisturizing power.

Another yummy smelling product that I was sent was a bottle of their Liquid Hand Soap in Peppermint Cocoa.  The only problem with this particular soap is that it makes you hungry with that delicious fragrance every time you push on that pump.  Just like their soaps I mentioned, this liquid soap is free of sulfates, phthalates, synthetics and dyes for as gentle and natural as can be to protect your hands from irritants.

I love the soothing natural way Manor Hall Soap products clean and leave me smelling wonderful and my skin so soft and touchable--and so will you.  

Seriously, if you're still not catching the holiday spirit, I think you need to get some of their fabulous Seasonal Art House Olive Oil Soaps for starters and let that fragrance make you merry!

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Manor Hall Soap Company, there will be three lucky  United States Nuts 4 Stuff winners.

First Prize ($30 value):

1 Seasonal Art House Sampler Box (5 mini bars--3 oz.)
1 Seasonal Art House Soap in Snowflake (5 oz.)
1 Seasonal Liquid Hand Wash in Peppermint Cocoa (9 fl. oz)
 Exfoliating Drawstring Soap Saver Bag
 Cotton Drawstring Bag

Second and Third Prize ($10.00 value):

Each receive a Seasonal Art House Soap in Snowflake (5 oz.) and Exfoliating Drawstring Soap Saver Bag

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bella Viva Orchards Sampler Gift Box of Organic Dried Fruits, Chocolates and Nuts Review + Giveaway!--Ends January 2, 2012

*Disclaimer:  This post has been compensated through a free product (s) or monetary payment.  Opinions are solely mine. All links are "no-follow" links.**

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Bella Viva Orchards Sampler Gift Box 


If you want to impress someone with a delectable assortment of certified organic dried fruits, nuts and chocolates, I need to tell you about my latest find.   I was sent a Sampler Gift Box from Bella Viva Orchards for this review and giveaway that you need to hear about if you are still searching for that perfect holiday gift. 

Bella Viva Orchards located in Northern California has even been featured in a segment on Martha Stewart's television show for the quality of their dried fruits and nuts.  Trust me, you will understand why once you dig into their unbelievably delicious products for yourself.  

My Sampler Gift Box included a tempting mixture of their dried fruits, mixed salted nuts consisting of almonds, pecans, cashews, and Brazil nuts, as well as chocolate-covered fruits and nuts.  What I noticed first before sampling anything was the beautiful bright color their fruit possessed and unoxidized essence.  

The taste of every piece of dried fruit I sampled was hardly what you think of when you picture dried apples, prunes, nectarines, peaches, pears, and apricots.  Bella Viva Orchards variety were plump, moist, and bursting with flavor unlike their dry, shriveled up counterparts.  The nuts inside my box were fresh as well.  The chocolate was a nice touch and only intensified the flavor.

The reason their dried fruits and nuts are so amazing has to be the special method of drying developed by the Martino Family farms over the course of their 60 years.  This allows them to fully control all the phases of their crops in growing through the final stages of packaging and delivery to customers and restaurants locally as well as worldwide.

My family and I truly enjoyed the Bella Viva Orchards Sampler Gift Box.  Honestly, I think if you're at a loss as to what to send someone on your holiday gift shopping list, then I highly recommend them. 

The company is giving my readers 15% off all online orders now through the end of December when you enter nuts4stuff at checkout. 

Now you have no excuse to put off that last minute gift because I gave you the perfect solution with something wonderful from Bella Viva Orchards

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products to facilitate this review.*

Thanks to Bella Viva Orchards, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States wins the same Sampler Gift Box like I was sent with their awesome dried fruits, nuts, and chocolates (a $35 value)!


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