Sunday, November 30, 2014

Begin A New Holiday Tradition With Hickory Farms

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For the next month, our days will be filled with lots of delicious meals, sugary cookies, and other tasty treats as we enjoy holiday meals, and parties with family and friends. There is probably no other holiday cuisine company more synonymous with Christmas celebrations than Hickory Farms. With so many delicious possibilities, it's easy to see why so many people count on Hickory Farms to supply meats and cheeses, decadent chocolates, savory mustards, sauces, and more as part of their holiday party tradition. Hickory Farms even provides a large selection of gift boxes, perfect for that hard to buy for person, because let's face it, who doesn't delight in opening up a savory box of Hickory Farms products.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Make Christmas Meaningful with a Papillion Ornament Set from The GO Exchange

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There are few things in life that make you feel as good as you do when you give someone a gift. The joy you see in their eyes, the delight they experience in knowing that someone thought enough of them to give them a present. Even as a child, I always loved giving gifts to others. I loved making someone else feel special. One of my favorite Bible verses is "it is more blessed to give than to receive" - Acts 20:35, and in the case of  the products from Go Exchange, this sentiment couldn't be more true. Normally when I begin a review, I start with talking about the product itself, but in this case, to truly appreciate this beautiful Papillion Ornament, that comes in a set of 4, you first have to hear about the organization it came from.

Helping to Provide Jobs in Impoverished Countries

The process begins with local makers among the poor:  local parents (mainly single moms) and young men and women (ages 18-24) who have aged out of orphan care programs.  With careful training and support from the designers who employ them, they make beautiful products, earning a local living wage to help them support themselves and their families.  The GO Exchange buys the Wonderfully Made products, imports the products into the United States, and sells the products to keep the process going and growing.  The idea is to put growth of this Global Boutique – the creation of more jobs – into YOUR hands, the hands of sellers and buyers who are passionate about family. 
* Taken from GO Exchange Website

Focused on Orphan Prevention

The GO Exchange is a Global Boutique dedicated to Orphan Prevention. 80% of the world’s orphaned children fill orphanages and alleyways not because of parental death, but because of outright abandonment.  Parents – most often, single moms – among the extreme poor cannot hold up under the weight.  And they make the desperate decision that their children may have a better chance without them. Through GOEX, you help stop this tragedy through opportunity.  World-class designers help local makers among the poor craft beautiful products that embody their own uplifting beauty.  We focus on fun, excellent everyday products that you truly enjoy.  And we turn to you.  You buy.  You sell.  You spread the word.  In this life-giving circuit, you look great and help local makers keep their families together.  Through the dignified work of their own hands, not through more aid lines.  The GO Exchange has no individual shareholders who stand to personally gain as this Global Boutique grows.  The Global Orphan Project, a global Orphan Care and Orphan Prevention ministry with a Charity Navigator rating of 4 out of 4 stars, started and wholly owns GOEX.  That means that any and all net profits go to help orphaned and abandoned children. *Taken from Go Exchange Website 

 To read more about the story behind GO Exchange, click HERE

 Watch the video below to see what inspires the artists of GO Exchange:



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The wonderful people at Go Exchange sent me this beautiful 4-piece box of Papillion Ornaments, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I must say, as beautiful as they are in pictures, they are even more beautiful in person! I knew as soon as I took these ornaments out of the box, there was something special about them. I'm not the type of person to get all sappy and weird about these kind of things, but it truly was as if you could feel the love and the heart that went into making these ornaments. There was something much more meaningful about these ornaments than any I have ever bought in the store, much less held in my hands, and as I began to read more about their story, I began to understand why.

  Handmade from recycled 55-gallon drums at the Papillon artisan center in Port-au-Prince Haiti, this pack of four ornaments makes the perfect Christmas gift. Purchasing these ornaments provides living-wage jobs to local workers and educational opportunities for kids in City Soli, Haiti, as well as vocational pathways for young adults as they age out of orphan care. But the good doesn’t end there! 100% of profits from the purchase of these ornaments will go toward the care of orphaned and abandoned children.

  Product Details: All ornaments 3 inches long*Taken from Go Exchange Website

 Here I was, literally holding something in my own hands, in my warm home in the United States, that had been hand made by someone in Haiti, more than likely a poor, young, single mother, who when she was making it, was probably thinking about where this beautiful ornament would end up. Somehow, I felt connected to something bigger than myself.

The joy of supporting Go Exchange, by purchasing their products, is that not only do you get to experience the happiness of sharing this gift with others, but that you are forever linked with someone thousands of miles away, as your purchase not only helps provide them with a full-time job, and provides finances needed to assist give orphans hope.

 GO Exchange offers more than ornaments! They have so many gorgeous, hand-made products, with everything from jewelry and apparel, to other holiday and home items, and even footwear!

Click HERE to see all the GO Exchange Shop has to offer!

You won't be disappointed with their products! I have personally held their woven purses, comfy pajama pants, hand made scarves, and jewelry, and they all left me no less than awe inspired by their beauty and artistry.

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These ornaments are more than just something beautiful to hang on your Christmas tree, or a gift to wrap up for a friend. As each of my children held these ornaments in their hand and as I told them where they came from, they were each touched, from my 2 year old to my 11 year old, by their story, and more importantly by the people behind these ornaments. It was a chance for them to remember the true spirit of Christmas, to be thankful for all of the blessings we have in our lives and family, and to remember there is opportunity every day, to do someone for someone who might not have as much as we do. This year, don't just give a gift, give someone the joy and passion that goes into each GO Exchange products, and in doing so, give the gift of hope to someone an ocean away, who you may never meet, but will forever be connected with through the love they once held in their hand, which you now hold in yours.

 Want to purchase your own set of Papillion Ornaments? You can BUY THEM from GO Exchange for $28.00 for a set of 4

 You can also support GO Exchange through social media:

 Like them on Facebook
 Follow them on Twitter
 Follow them on Pinterest

 WIN IT!

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 One lucky reader will win this beautiful, set of 4, Papillion Ornament set. The giveaway will end December 11, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

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Disclosure: I was sent the item listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of  The GO Exchange and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Win a Hiku!


Welcome to the Hiku Prize Package giveaway, sponsored by Hiku and hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro.
The hiku is a new scanning device that makes creating a shopping list a breeze. It's magnetic and attaches right to your fridge so it's always handy and ready when you are. Simply scan an item or speak the name of a product that you need into the hiku and it's automatically added to the hiku app shopping list. Each item is separated by the product type so you don't have to deal with the frustration of returning to a previous aisle because you forgot an item.

Scan it. Or say it.

hiku recognizes both barcodes and voice, instantly adding items to your shopping list. No scribbling. No typing. No forgetting.

It's simple and it's fun.

hiku is designed to be so easy a five-year-old can use it. Press one simple button and hiku takes care of the rest.

Your list is always with you.

hiku creates a shopping list that appears on your smart phone or tablet. You can share your list with family or anyone else. When you add an item or cross one off, your list is updated everywhere.

It even shops for you.

Coming soon, hiku will find items available for purchase online, show you the price (including whether it’s eligible for free shipping), and let you buy right from your phone.

hiku remembers, so you don’t have to.

We’ve all been there. You get home from the store and realize you left something important off your list. (Hey, you’re human.) Hiku was created to make shopping simple, fast, and fun. So you never forget a thing. To find out more, read Thrifty Nifty Mommy's review of the hiku.

hiku wants to give one lucky reader a hiku scanner prize package that contains: 1 hiku scanner and a $50 Visa gift card!
Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 12/08/14 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!

Entry Form

Disclosure: This giveaway is hosted by Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy, and generously sponsored by hiku. The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact thriftyniftymommy{at}yahoo.com with questions about this giveaway. One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Void where prohibited.

Become a Curry Master in Your Own Kitchen!

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Every week, I am on the search to make something new and different for dinner. I like the challenge of cooking something I have never made before, and I also like the benefit that serving different foods brings to my family. In our small town of Martinsburg, West Virginia, we don't have a large variety of restaurants where we live, pretty much just your typical run-of-the-mill popular chain and fast food restaurants. I enjoy bringing different flavors and textures, especially for my kids, who are learning to love and appreciate the different types of food that come from different cultures.  With the Kitchen Curry Master, I can bring the authentic, robust flavors of Indian food, right to my own dining room table - and be confident that what I'm cooking is truly authentic!

  Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.


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The creator of the Kitchen Curry Master, Neena, was inspired to bring this inventive and masterful cooking set through the love of her own mother's cooking, and her desire to make good Indian cuisine available to every home.

Growing up I was always around amazing food. By 1980 my parents had opened their own family restaurant called ‘Friends Corner’ in Wembley, London. It was a small place but with a fabulous family feel and incredible home-style food. Each day of the week mom would prepare a special dish. Many customers would come back on the same day to enjoy their favorite meal. As a kid I pretty much grew up in that restaurant. I’d do my homework in the kitchen after school while mom cooked for the customers. I remember learning basic math using mom’s fresh Chapatti breads for addition and subtraction! As I got older, I worked in the restaurant after school or helped with catering for events and weddings, often serving hundreds of people at a time. In my family, like many Indian families, life revolved around food... ...

Quite simply, what I found is that great Indian cuisine can be extremely hard to find. If you’re lucky you might find a decent restaurant but if you want to eat healthy and cook for yourself, it can be challenging to find the key ingredients. Even if you can find them, you’ll probably need to visit multiple stores and pay extravagant prices...

  I pulled together some of our favorite dishes, many of which have been passed down the generations, and put the recipes together with the necessary spices to cook all of these great dishes. I’m sharing the food that has been at the heart of our family’s kitchen for generations so that it can be discovered and enjoyed by everybody. - Neena **Taken from the Kitchen Curry Master website

Click on the video below to view a special welcome from Neena herself!




Once out of the box, the Kitchen Curry Master comes with it's own easy to follow cook book, canister with bagged spices and spice containers, and an instructional card with directions on how to fully set up your Kitchen Curry Spice set. This fantastic cook book, which comes complete  with full color photos and an explanation and definition of each spice, provides simple, easy-to-follow instructions , on how to make the perfect Indian dishes (over 25 complete recipes in all)!  The recipes feature, vegetarian, meat, and seafood dishes and are all gluten free! If you love cooking Indian food, the Kitchen Curry Master set really is the way to go. There is an abundant amount of spices and when you run out, they are easy to restock by simply ordering refills on the Kitchen Curry Master website. The spice canister keeps all of your spices fresh and vibrant while making it easy to store and keep all of the spices you need to make delicious Indian dishes, in one place.

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Before you can begin mastering your own curry recipes, you have to first set up your spice canister. Each Kitchen Curry Master comes with 12, authentic, fresh different spices, which contain no preservatives or added dyes. You can really smell the curry in the air! Once your spices are in place, you are ready to grab the Kitchen Curry Master cookbook, select your dish, and get cooking! I love all different types of Curry, but I have always loved Indian Korma! If you have never tried it - you are missing out on of of the most bold and flavorful Indian dishes! Lucky for me, the cookbook included in this set had a great recipe for Chicken Korma and I set to work gathering all my ingredients to prepare this meal for my family.

Visit the Kitchen Curry Master website to find recipes and instructional videos to help you create the perfect Indian dish!

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My Chicken Korma turned out wonderfully! I even invited some friends over to enjoy in the meal and they raved about how flavorful this meal really was! The recipe itself was very easy to follow, with step by step instructions that gave me confidence, throughout the whole cooking process. I love that with the Kitchen Curry Master, I can become my own Indian chef and cook up some of my favorite Indian cuisine right in the comfort of my own home. With so many recipes and all of the spices I need, I'm already making plans for my next Indian meal! And my family is looking forward to eating it! Word of my homemade Indian meal has made it's way among my friends and family and I've already gotten requests for invitations to my next curry meal!

 Want to become your own Kitchen Curry Master? You can BUY IT, HERE,  currently on sale for $59.99 with free shipping! The Kitchen Curry Master would make the perfect Christmas gift for the chef in your own home!
You can use the coupon code: 6KJLLE4II4MI to get %10 off! - Good through the end of 2014.

 Want to know more about making Indian cuisine in your own home? Stay up to date on new recipes and promotions on their social media sites!



 One lucky reader will win their own complete Kitchen Curry Master. The giveaway will end December 8, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

Disclosure: I was sent the item listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of  Light Years Ahead and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Save On This Year's Hottest Toys with ToysRUs & Duracell!

My kids think of the UPS driver like a second Santa Clause. This time of the year, the package deliveries are picking up and they know that sometimes those packages contain surprises for them. Last week a big box arrived that I knew had special items my kids were going to LOVE! As a mom, I've learned to use these deliveries to my advantage - "hey kids, you wanna see what's in this box, then you have to clean up ALL of the toys you got out today." It's amazing how quickly they can clean a room when there is an incentive offered! Well the kids got their toys cleaned up and I let them open the box to see what was inside...........

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They were so excited over the new FurReal Friends Get Up & GoGo, My Walkin’ Pup and the Transformers Age of Extinction Stomp and Chomp Grimlock Figure that they started playing with them before they were even out of the box (and of course begging my husband and I to open the boxes). So, we grabbed the scissors and started freeing their new toys. Jacob was excited that the Transformers toy came with batteries already installed, so he immediately started stomping Grimlock through the house. Maggie's FurReal on the other hand, did not come with any batteries and she was rather sad that when she found the on/off switch, it still had no effect on making her toy work. Here her brother had this great toy that made noises and would light up and her puppy just sat there.

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Luckily for Maggie we had Duracell Batteries! Daddy came to her rescue; he grabbed his screwdriver and had the Duracell batteries installed in minutes. We went ahead and put fresh Duracell batteries into the transformer too, as recommended.

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My kids have had a BLAST playing with these toys. Grimlock is recommended for kids ages 5+, but both of my kids (2 & 4) have really been enjoying him. Jacob loves to walk around the house, crashing him into things saying, "DESTROY!" The FurReal Friends Go Go puppy is also adorable and my kids have enjoyed walking her through our house with her leash. She barks and sits just like a real dog!

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The holiday season is quickly approaching and although it may be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be quite crazy. Hasbro and Duracell are teaming up with Toys“R”Us to help you get ready for the holidays and save money on this season’s hottest toys! From Fur Real Friends to Grimlock Transformers, Toys“R”Us is the perfect one-stop-shop to pick up all the toys on your holiday shopping list… but don’t forget the batteries!


 On November 23, look for an $8 off coupon when you buy any Duracell batteries (4 pack or larger) along with FurReal Friends GO GO. This coupon will be available in the Sunday paper and online at HasbroRewards.com.
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 Then, on November 30, look for a $10 off coupon when you buy any Duracell batteries (4 pack or larger) along with Grimlock Transformers. This coupon will be available in the Sunday paper.
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Toys"R"Us , Hasbro, & Duracell want to kick off the holiday season with an opportunity for my readers to win a great prize! One lucky person will win a $100 Toys"R"Us gift card and a package of Duracell batteries!

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This giveaway will end on December 6th 2014 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. Good luck!


Disclosure: I received the items mentioned at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Deck The Halls with a Brylane Home 7' Pre-Lit Christmas Tree

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There is no doubt, my favorite thing about Christmas is the tree! Ever since I was little, I couldn't wait to get out our tattered old box, where we kept all of our treasured ornaments ,and unpack them with almost as much excitement as Christmas morning.  Our whole family always made an event out of stringing the lights, eating popcorn, watching Christmas movies, and of course decorating our tree.  As I got older, I would wait till everyone else in the house had fallen asleep and then head downstairs, make myself a cup of hot chocolate or hot tea, and with light off in the house, turn on the lights of my Christmas tree, and just sit beneath it, in the quiet, taking in all the magic and joy of Christmas. Even as an adult, my love of the Christmas tree hasn't wavered and our family will head out into the cold next week to cut down our own. If you aren't a fan of a live tree (or the pine needles they leave behind), Brylane Home has some incredible options for decking your halls with a beautiful Christmas tree this year!

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This 7' tree,  arrives in three separate pieces, plus the attachments for the stand. I love that the base of the stand is actually attached to the lower portion of the tree. No messing with putting together an extra stand, just slide the four legs onto the bottom of the first tree piece and check "putting the stand together" off your list. I like to start by placing the lowest piece in place and then take time to fluff that portion. Put the second piece in place, and fluff that as well. Finally, finish with the third. I got to say, as much as I LOVE my real tree, I equally HATE putting on the lights! They always seem to be tangled when I pull them out of the box, even though I made sure to wrap them carefully the year before. It takes quite a bit of time to wind strand after strand around the tree, making sure to hide cords and attempt to make it look as if the lights were placed in some sort of organized manner. The Brylane Home 7' tree is "Pre-Lit" which means, no fussing with lights because Brylane Home has already done the hard work for you! If you have never owned or set up an artificial tree, one the biggest tips to remember is to give it a good "fluffing". This tree comes tightly packed in a box, so taking a little bit of extra time to properly stretch and extend each piece of the branch will ultimately effect how full and lush your tree appears.

   



Here are some of the great things you can expect with this beautiful tree:

• a Brylane Home® Exclusive!
 • dimensions: 7'H X 29"Diam.
 • pre-lit with 200 warm lights
• lush with 400 tips
• includes tree stand
 • assembly
• cord UL approved

 In the world of artificial Christmas trees, there are all different, size's, colors, varieties, and styles. To be happy with your tree, you should first understand what type of tree you are looking for and where you want to place it in your home.  This 7' Pre-lit tree is not for the person who is looking to fill up their living room with a broad, triangular shaped tree. If you like the look and feel of a tall, skinny tree, this is the perfect tree for you! Or, if you live in a smaller home, apartment, or loft with limited space, you might want a tree that still has a majestic presence, without taking up all of the empty space in your house.

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Even though this wasn't our "real" family Christmas tree, Levi couldn't help but be drawn in by the beauty and soft glow of this Brylane Home Christmas tree. With some added ornaments and decorations, this tree will make a wonderful trendy statement piece for any home this Christmas. Its space-saving size, set-up simplicity, and amazing price, will make this tree one of your favorite things about the holidays this year. If the 7' Pre-lit Christmas tree is not the particular style you are looking for - don't fear! Brylane Home has a great selection of not only beautiful trees, but trees that will take the hassle and headache out of set up and leave you with more time to just enjoy the wonder of the holidays - starting with your perfect, memorable, Christmas tree! 

Want to purchase the 7' Pre-Lit Christmas Tree? Buy it from Brylane Home, now on sale (%55 off) for $79.99!

 Looking for more holiday decorations? With everything from holiday place settings, to indoor and outdoor holiday decorations - Brylane Home has everything you need!

 Stay up to date on all of their holiday products and sales by visiting their social media sites! Facebook/ Twitter/ PinterestYouTube Channel

  Disclosure: I received the item above, at no cost, to facilitate this review

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake

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What happens when you combine Chocolate, Coffee, Raspberries, and Cheesecake all together into one delectable dessert? Magic! The Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake is a simple vanilla cheesecake, topped and covered in raspberries and sauce, and wrapped in a chocolate, coffee infused, cake. The smooth cream cheese frosting takes this cake over the top!
Want to make something special this holiday season? There's no better way to "Wow" your guests than with a little bit of "Magic"!

Cheese Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 8oz pack of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
Raspberry Sauce:
  • 1 10oz package of raspberries washed and dried - reserve half of the raspberries for the middle and top of the cake
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
Chocolate Cake Ingredients:
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup freshly brewed black hot coffee (I use Coffee Beanery's Chocolate Raspberry Coffee )
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 80z package cream cheese softenend
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1  & 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake

Begin by preheating your oven to 325 Degrees Fahrenheit


For this recipe I used a special round cake pan that allows me bake a cake that essentially leaves a hollow opening to fill with fruits, pudding, etc. I love my Mrs. Fields Fill-N-Flip pan, from Love Cooking Company, or you could search around for a similar type of round pan.


Baking Option: I LOVE cooking as much as I can from scratch! But if you need to save yourself some time, you can always substitute my chocolate cake with a boxed cake.


**Baking Tip** EVERY time I make baked goods, whether cakes, or cookies, cheesecakes, etc. I always set my ingredients out an hour or more until they reach room temperature. Using ingredients straight from the refrigerator are not only harder to work with, but they don't blend the ingredients together correctly. Ingredients set out at room temperature allow all the components to come together seamlessly.

 

Step 1: Make The Cheesecake

1. Grease the part of your cake pan that is normally used as the place to put your filling - this is where you will bake your small cheesecake. 2. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Next add the sugar and vanilla, mixing until smooth and free of lumps. Finally add the egg and mix until incorporated. 3. Pour cream cheese mixture into the cake pan and bake in your preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edge just starts to turn golden and the middle is almost set.
  • To read more tips on how to make the perfect cheesecake, check out my cheesecake recipe complete with tips on baking the perfect one!
4. Allow the cheese cake to cool for 5 minutes and then run a knife around the edge to loosen. Place the cheesecake on a small plate, wrap in plastic, and place in the fridge.

  **Turn  your oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit to preheat it for the chocolate cake 

Step 2: Make the Raspberry Sauce

1. While your cheesecake is baking, place half of the raspberries and the rest of the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly. Once mixture boils, turn the heat down to medium low and stir constantly until sauce thickets, about 5 minutes. 2. Press the raspberry sauce through a sifter, separating the seeds. Reserve the sauce and discard the seeds. 3. Cover the sauce with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.

Step 3: Make The Chocolate Cake

1. Wipe out your can pans, then grease and flour them very liberally 2. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 3. Blend the oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla 4. Add half the dry ingredients to the wet ingredient, mix in the freshly brewed hot coffee, and then the remainder of the dry ingredients. Scrape down the sides and mix till free of lumps. 5. Pour batter into the cake pans, leaving a little room at the top for the batter to rise. (You might have a little bit of batter left, depending on the size of your pan) 6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes - or until a toothpick comes out clean. 7. Allow the cakes to cool completely until removing them from the pan.

Step 4: Make the Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Beat the cream cheese and butter till smooth. 2. Add the powdered sugar and then the vanilla extract. 3. Beat until very smooth

Putting The Cake Together

1. Place the cheesecake  onto the middle of the chocolate cake, where you would normally place the fruit filling, pudding etc. 2. Cut some off your reserved raspberries in half and place on top of the cheesecake, then top with your raspberry sauce. 3. Place the top half of the chocolate cake on top. 4. Frost the cake and decorate with remaining fresh raspberries. Enjoy immediately or cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve it.

Click HERE to check out more recipes from Our Southern Style

Mrs Fields Fill N Flip Cake Pans

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  Disclosure: I received the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip at no cost to facilitate this review

 The holidays are quickly approaching which means holiday baking is in full swing! I love to bake and I'm always looking for that next "Wow" dessert to present to family and friends. For busy Mom's, desserts that look and taste spectacular sometimes take a lot of extra time and effort and we sometimes need an excuse to go that extra mile to make something spectacular. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of those occasions that give me the justification so spend a little bit of extra time around my mixer - and now with the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Cake Set, I can bake something spectacular that makes my loved ones say, "How did she do that?" My response? "It's the magic of the Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip.

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The Mrs. Fields and Love Cooking Company teamed up to bring bakers everywhere the Fill N Flip. This cake pan is simply two specifically shaped pans that allow your cakes to fit together like two puzzle pieces after you bake them. They leave a hollow opening that you can use to fill your cakes with fruit, pudding, or in the case of Our Southern Style's recipe for the Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake, you can even fill it with cheesecake! That's not all the Fill N Flip is about, the 9" by 9" x 2.25" pan is made with carbon steel and has a non-stick coating.

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I love baking with this pan! I would have never dreamed of being able to come up with a recipe like the Chocolate Raspberry Magic Cake without the use of the "Magic" of the Fill N Flip Cake pans. They are so easy to use, just like ordinary round cake pans, with the exception that you will need to remember to grease and flour the pans very well to avoid sticking. Also, making sure your cakes are cooled completely before removing from the pans is important to remember. I'm so excited about these pans, and love the creativity they unleash in the kitchen! I'm already thinking about the next creation I can put together with this amazing, innovative product!

Check out more of their great products LIVE - on the Love Cooking Company YouTube Channel!
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Want to know where you can PURCHASE your own Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip?  You can buy it online at Amazon.com for $14.11 (price subject to change) or you can shop around at Target.com, Kohls.com, and Sears.com for a better price, or to add it to an additional order.

 WIN IT!
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One lucky reader will win their own set of Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip cake pans from Love Cooking Company. The giveaway will end December 4, 2014 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

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Thank you for joining us on this 3-Day Holiday Baking Adventure! I hope you loved finding some new dessert recipes and learning about some great innovative baking tools from Mrs. Fields and Love Cooking Company!! If you missed out on our first two days. Check out the Mrs. Fields Cool Bake & Baker's Sto-N-Go to find more recipes and some great baking equipment that will make you look like a pro!

Disclosure: I was sent the items listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of  Love Cooking Company and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.   

Mrs. Fields Baker's Sto-N-Go

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Our Southern Style & Thrifty Nifty Mommy Welcome You Back to a 3-Day Holiday Baking Event

Sponsored by: Mrs. Fields & Love Cooking Company

It's the time of year that's full of family get together's and holiday parties. I love helping out with meals or snacks, but when I do, I'm always trying to figure out how I'm going to get my baked goods to the party, without damaging them, and without having to carry them every so gingerly in my lap, praying all the way that the mini cupcakes I spent hours making and decorating don't slide off the plate and onto the floor of the car! I was so excited when the folks at Love Cooking Company sent me the Mrs. Fields Baker's Sto-N-Go, a product they promote and distribute! Not only is it a great way to safely and easily transport my baked goods - but it can even be  used serve them once I arrive.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Coffee Beanery Deluxe Holiday Coffee Suitcase

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Call me a snob, call me a connoisseur, just don't call me "out of coffee". I think it's pretty safe to say that my husband and I both LOVE coffee! I love everything about coffee! The taste, the smell,  and the warm cozy feeling I get when I sit down and wrap my hands around my warm mug. In fact, we love our coffee so much that even when we make our coffee, we make it as fresh as possible. I haven't gone as far as roasting my own beans, or potting my own coffee bean plant in my back yard, but we do grind our own beans every morning before we sit down to make that perfect cup. Not only do I love coffee, but I also love sleep - which means, getting out of bed in the morning is not always my favorite part of the day - but when I do, the first place that I run to is my coffee maker. As a working Mom with 4 children, I don't get many moments of the day that are totally mine. But for that moment, when I put the coffee to my lips and I that that first sip (ahhh), it's just a moment I get to enjoy for myself. Me and coffee, we have a great relationship! You can guess the level of my excitement when I was contacted by Coffee Beanery  (who sent me the Deluxe Holiday Coffee Suitcase, at no cost, to facilitate this review) and they asked me if I would like to try out this awesome sampling of their coffee varieties. Having heard rumors of how great their coffee was, they didn't have to twist my arm to hard to say yes.

Mrs. Fields Cool Bake Review & GIVEAWAY!

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Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review.

Our Southern Style & Thrifty Nifty Mommy Welcome You to a 3-Day Holiday Baking Event

Sponsored by: Mrs. Fields & Love Cooking Company

"Mom, I love you!...But the cookie jar is EMPTY!" To say that my 5-year old son Elijah LOVES his cookies would be an understatement. He is probably my most picky eater in the bunch and I sometimes struggle to get a variety of foods and vegetables into his little body. When it comes to cookies though, he will savor any kind (chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodles, etc.), devouring these little morsels as quick as they can cool. Of course, Mom always has to step in and be the voice of reason regarding the number of cookies that are appropriate to eat at once. Christmas is well on its way and if your kitchen is anything like mine, it will soon be filled with flour, sugar, butter, eggs, and endless colors of sprinkles, as cookie baking season is upon us! While you might have most of the ingredients you need for baking that perfect cookie - one thing you might be missing - is the Mrs. Fields Cool Bake cookie sheet. It really is your Christmas cookie's best friend! The Love Cooking Company has teamed up with Mrs. Fields to bring bakers everywhere this fantastic cookie sheet, along with a whole host of other products to not only make your holiday baking easier, but to help ensure, after all your time and hard work, you are able to present friends and family the perfect desserts - and in the case of the Cool Bake - the perfect cookie!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Chocolate Mocha Mint Chip Cookies

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Check out Our Southern Style's new recipe for Chocolate Mocha Mint Chip Cookies! This thin, chewy cookie bakes to perfection and truly are just the right amount of chocolate and refreshing mint. It's like a little bit of Christmas in every bite!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Razor Jr. Kutie Scooter - Review & GIVEAWAY!!

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 Disclosure: I received the item above, at no cost, to facilitate this review.

"Oh the weather outside is frightful..." I like to end the phrase to this popular Christmas song with,..."But Spring will be so delightful". I don't know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods right now - but here in West Virginia, we just got blasted with a front of frigid winter air. To most people 40 degrees doesn't quite constitute "frigid" but to me, especially when it was just 70 degrees two days ago, today is frigid. There is nothing that makes me long for spring more than the cold days, especially when I know that lots of outdoor fun awaits! It's no surprise that my kids are the same way - they love the warm days of Spring and Summer because they know all of the fun that awaits outside.  My daughter Eva was lucky enough to get outside and enjoy one of our warmer days this week, by taking a spin on her new Razor Junior Kutie Scooter!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Beat Post Pregnancy Sternutophia with an Always Prize Pack

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Always Discreet. I was sent the items mentioned below to facilitate this post.

If you are a Mom, especially if you are a Mom a couple times over, odds are you developed Post Pregnancy Sternutaphobia. Picture this moment with me: You have finally started to regain some form of your old pre-baby body, you've showered, dressed, applied the perfect amount of make-up, you have started to feel somewhat normal again. You are just getting ready to head out the door and welcome a beautiful world where you get to interact with adults...and then you feel it coming on...you are about to sneeze. Trying as hard as you might to clench your legs as tightly together as you can, there's no turning back now, the sneeze is coming whether you want it to or not. Just as as you feel the sneeze leave your nostrils, your worst fears are confirmed. The sneeze wasn't the only thing to escape - yep, you just peed in your pants a little. You quietly and calmly, feeling quite frustrated and secretly disgusted with yourself, but thankful the sneeze did not overtake you in public, take the walk of shame back to your room to make everything right in the world again.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

LuLu's Christmas Story - Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Disclaimer: I received the above item in exchange for my honest review and opinion.
Lulu is a young girl living in a small Wisconsin town during the Great Depression, where she dreams of receiving a real Shirley Temple doll for Christmas. Anticipation becomes anxiety, however, when Daddy loses his job. Mama reveals her own brutal Christmas as an orphan, creating new worries; Lulu's coveted Shirley Temple doll seems farther away than ever.
In her memoir, the award-winning playwright and novelist Ludmilla Bollow recounts the year before her family's toughest Christmas. While encountering two "oddities" at a circus sideshow, a disastrous Thanksgiving at Grandma's, and, of course, the long-awaited Christmas, Lulu's spirit of love and joy radiates throughout this emotive family tale. - Blurb of Lulu's Christmas Story

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Sutton Necklace - Stella & Dot Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

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I (Jennifer) received the above item at no cost to facilitate this review.

There is not a woman I know who doesn't LOVE to feel beautiful! We primp, shave, wax, tweeze, paint, color, curl, straighten, the list goes on and on! The saying goes, "it's the beauty on the inside that counts", and I add to that and say, "It's when a women truly feels beautiful on the inside- her beauty will shine through on the outside". The Sutton Necklace from Stella & Dot not only adds a touch of beauty to the outside but makes you feel absolutely glamorous from the inside out!

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Little House On The Prairie A Merry Ingalls Christmas DVD Review & Giveaway

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Disclosure: I was sent the above item at no cost to me to facilitate this review.

 November has officially arrived and the holiday preparations are well under way. Our family likes to take at least one night a week to put on a flick and enjoy "Family Movie Night" at the Crayne home. This time of year we especially love watching Christmas movies and I love that we can now add The Little House On The Prairie A Merry Ingalls Christmas to our collection.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Real Amish Hair Pins Review & GIVEAWAY

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If you have ever bought any Amish items there is never a question of quality or craftsmanship with their products. The same integrity you find in their largest of items, carries down to one of their smallest items, like their hairpins. Growing up I didn't live in the Amish community but I have family who live in different parts of Pennsylvania and on different occasions, we would pass an Amish family in the community, I always remember wondering how they kept their hair and bonnets in place so well! After just a few moments experimenting with their hair pins, I definitely understand why! My oldest daughter is 11 and she is just getting to the age where she loves doing her hair, not only her hair - but she love experimenting with mine as well. She had a blast using these hair pins and designing new updo's for Mom.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Brylane Home Digital Double Deep Fryer Review & GIVEAWAY!!!

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I received the Brylane Home Digital Double Deep Fryer at no cost for the purpose of facilitating this review.

If there is one thing we know how to do in the South - it's frying! Give us some peanut oil and flour and we can make crispy miracles happen using just about any edible element. I had never made the leap to buying a deep fryer, I always just used my trusty skillet, so when I had the opportunity to test out the Brylane Home Digital Double Deep Fryer, I immediately began to think of all of the things currently in my fridge and my cupboard I could throw into that deep vat of hot oil. My meal plan for the night was spaghetti and meatballs (my son Elijah's favorite) and I decided to add a little more fun to dinner by serving up my own version of Fried Asparagus with a Creamy Southwest Dip. After I had prepared my asparagus, I set to work getting my new deep fryer ready for action.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Fried Asparagus with Southwest Dipping Sauce

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There's just something about crispy, crunchy vegetables! I can never seem to get enough of them! This recipe is great to use as an appetizer  for your next dinner party or just a new way to make your traditional asparagus dish a little bit fancier. I definitely recommend paring it with the Creamy Southwestern Dipping sauce!