New Giveaway Coming Soon!

I'm excited to announce I'll be having my second giveaway here. I'm not sure how long before I'll get my review up since I was only contacted a few days ago. I'm excited, I just wanted to give you a heads up. Here's a small hint on what you can win... it's something you consume. I'll leave you with that. Oh! There will be three winners and it'll be open to US and Canada.

On to other news... Spring has sprung. It's been warm and some days have almost felt like summer. I'm loving it despite my seasonal allergies, but I'll take it over cold days. Sometimes I feel like a hermit because I don't want to venture outside and risk getting allergies, but some days are just too nice to not take advantage.

My hubby and I have been going for walks in the evenings and it's been really lovely. It's also a great time for us to just talk about everything and anything. I really enjoy spending that kind of time with him.

I hope your days have been fabulous. Time is flying and it's already mid April! What the heck?!?

Have a super week everyone! :-)

Aspartame Facts

Is this what you want to put in your body? I don't drink diet anything or pop or consume anything that contains artificial sweeteners. These are the reasons why as outlined in the infographic below. Now that you're more informed, will you change your habits?

aspartame side effects
The "Coke Is a Joke" infographic exposes the false weight loss and wellness claims of Coke in its diet soda line, which uses aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

<img src="" alt="aspartame side effects" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">The "<a href=""><strong>Coke is a Joke</strong></a>" infographic exposes the false weight loss and wellness claims of Coke in its diet soda line, which uses aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. Use the embed code to share it on your website.</p>

11 Basic Guidelines for General Health and Longevity Infographic from Dr. Mercola

What are you doing to live a healthier life?

11 Basic Guidelines for General Health and Longevity Infographic

Herman the German Friendship Cake

Last week my daughter and I made Herman The German Friendship Cake. She received a starter recipe from one of her friends. A few years ago, my sister gave me a starter recipe for Amish Friendship Bread. At first glance it may look like a lot of work, but it's not. It's fairly basic and with a help of an adult, a child as young as eight can do this. You can find the recipe with the link I gave you above. The original recipe called for cooked apples and raisins. My daughter wanted banana and chocolate chips instead. There is a wide variety of ingredients you can use to make your Herman cake so the fun part is experimenting. This starter recipe sits on your counter for 9 days and on the 10th day, you're ready to bake.

Days 1, 2, 3 - stir batter till bubbles form.
Day 4 - add 1 cup each of flour, milk and sugar. Mix well.
Days 5, 6, 7, 8 - stir batter till bubbles form.
Day 9 - add 1 cup each of flour, milk and sugar. Mix well and then divide into four equal portions. Give away 3 portions to friends and keep one portion for yourself.
Day 10 - Baking time!

Here's what you'll need:

1 cup of sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup of cooking oil
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cooking apples cut into chunks
1 cup raisins
2 heaping tsp. cinnamon
2 heaping tsp. baking powder

Mix all the ingredients together. It can easily be mixed with a wooden spoon. Grease two loaf tins and bake in a 350F oven for 45-50 minutes. Insert a knife or toothpick into the center of the loaf to test for doneness. The nice thing about it is you can freeze it. Have fun making your Herman Friendship cake. Let me know in the comments below if you replaced the apples and raisins with something else.

Cream of Wheat Review and Free Sample Giveaway (Canada Only)

The exciting news I was talking about is finally here! This is my very first giveaway so I'm thrilled. I was excited and happy to receive and try Cream of Wheat Cinnamon Swirl hot cereal. I remember when I was young, I had the original flavour of Cream of Wheat. I still remember the grainy texture and I wasn't too fond of it. Fast forward to today, it hasn't changed all that much except I got the opportunity to try their newest flavour, Cream of Wheat Cinnamon Swirl. It's really tasty. I made mine with skim milk, heated up in a pot on the stove and then I added the Cinnamon Swirl package. It was done in about a minute or so. Of course, you can make it in the microwave or heat your water and mix it in a bowl. They also sent me this super cute bowl for my hot cereal. As you can see one pouch of Cream of Wheat doesn't make a lot, but it's filling. I'm not a big breakfast eater and when I tried two pouches, it was a bit too much for me.

The first time I followed the directions on the package, I used 1/2 cup of skim milk. It was a bit sweet for me so the next time I used 3/4 cup and it was much better. It has a nice cinnamony flavour. I also mixed an original and cinnamon swirl together and that made the flavour of the cinnamon swirl much subtler and almost a tad bland. You can add cinnamon powder or fruits to enhance the flavour. Overall, it's something that is quick and convenient and one pouch is only 130 calories.

Now for the giveaway! Cream of Wheat is giving away 5,000 Free Cinnamon Swirl sample packets to our Canadian readers. This promo starts today (6/10/13) and it will run until supplies last. If you miss out, you can grab this $1 Cream of Wheat Coupon to be used towards the purchase of any Cream of Wheat hot cereal.

Free Cream of Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Sample

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