Thursday, April 18, 2019

WizGear - love this handy device

My friend Michelle had one of these in her car and I loved it.  WizGear - it is this magnetic handy gadget that you mount ...or slide onto the air conditioning vent and then attach the other magnetic piece to the inside or outside of your phone case.  I have mine on the outside of my phone case.  I love that I can prop my phone on this instead of holding my phone... or losing it in the car. Before, my phone would be hidden in purse or accidentally slide between the seats, etc.  They are inexpensive and their are two to a box.  WizGear has other mounting devices too - check out Amazon!


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tyler Candles and Glamorous Wash

Washing sheets has never been my favorite thing to do.  I have some friends that wash and change sheets every week.  I am more of an every other week kinda girl!  Yes, this is an EXTRA in life but I so love this Tyler Glamorous Wash - for my sheets, towels and anything else you want to wash in it.  The most popular fragrance is DIVA.  I also love French Market and Entitled.  They also have other yummy fragrances.  Even if you just washed your guest bedroom sheets in one of these - your guests will be thrilled. 

Tyler Candle is Company is out of Tyler, Texas  - just about 40 minutes from where I grew up.  I also love their candles.  I especially love Pineapple Crush. 

As for the laundry, they also have dryer sachets and even scented drawer liners.  The laundry wash comes in a tiny trial size and then several other sizes - even up to a gallon. 

I am not sure if my Omaha peeps can get this locally... or not.  I used to find it at Bliss Boutique but you would have to call and verify.  You can also order through Tyler Candle Company and even on Amazon.  

I promise you will love the candle and the glamorous wash!  


                                    Small trial size
                                   Larger size


Monday, April 15, 2019

Maple Granola

Don't you love good, crunchy granola in your yogurt!  I am planning ahead for Easter breakfast and thought a yummy granola would be nice to have on hand.  This would be great for a shower or brunch if you were having a breakfast bar.  The recipe is actually Maple Pecan Granola but I chose to add low sugar Craisins due to allergies.  It is amazing... .I think the Maple Pecan would be amazing too!  Also, I doubled the recipe! 


Maple Pecan Granola (adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction)

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 chopped pecans (I added Craisins instead)
2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
1 tsp ground cinnamom
pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 300.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until moistened.  Pour onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  If your parchment paper is long enough and has handles over the end of the baking sheet, lift it off and allow to cool.  Gently move around to separate the granola chunks.  Allow to cook completely and store in an airtight container for up to three weeks.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

Our oldest daughter is Annie.  Annie is a first-born of three sisters.  She is a CPA in Dallas and quite the go-getter.  She is really enjoying cooking and baking and finding great recipes. 

Annie LOVES her sweets.  I think she might love sweets even more than me!  Recently, she was visiting her boyfriend in another state and I think they spent a Saturday visiting like 4 different sweet shops - whether cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, etc.

Annie has two Instagram accounts - her regular one and then she made a separate one - "Annie's Sweet Teeth" because she has more than one sweet tooth! Love this!

Annie made these yummy Oreo Cheesecake Cookies the other day from Baker By Nature.  We both follow Ashley on Baker By Nature on Instagram.  You should totally follow Ashley... and Annie!

Annie added a little vanilla and a little more sugar!  Annie also recommends doubling the recipe! Enjoy! 



Oreo Cheesecake Cookies (adapted from Baker By Nature)

4 oz cream cheese, softened
8 Tbsp butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
10 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces

In the body of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer like Annie does), beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides as needed.  Add sugar and beat well.  Add vanilla and mix.  Add flour, a small bit at a time, beating on low speed, just until mixed. Gently, fold in Oreos until evenly distributed.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes - up to two hours. 30 minutes prior to baking, preheat oven to 350.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop if you have one, scoop out 2 Tbsp sized balls of dough and roll them into rounds.  Place them on cookie sheet and lightly press down each cookie. Bake for 10- 11 minutes or until edges or just golden.  They will be very soft when removed from oven.  Cool on baking sheet for a full 10 minutes and then carefully transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

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