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CaptureKrusteaz has a new line of gluten free mixes that I was so excited to try out! I had to develop a recipe for the Krusteaz Gluten Free Blogger Bake-Off! They sent 2 of each mix which was good – I made each one to taste them and to try to inspire me to come up with an idea for my creation!

The new gluten free Krusteaz mixes are:

Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Start your day off on the right foot… or the left. Just as long as it’s with our light, fluffy, and tasty Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes that are made with real sweet cream buttermilk.

Gluten Free Honey Cornbread Mix
Enjoy your next meal with a side or perfection. Gluten Free Honey Cornbread has sweet corn flavor in each and every bite. The best part is, it’s made with real honey!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownies are moist, flavorful, and bursting with chocolaty flavor. They are also loaded with chcolate chips to complete every chocoholic’s dream!

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix
We pride ourselves on our delicious, tender muffins. So, it should come as no surprise that our Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins are everything you want… and more!

I know a lot of triplet moms with older triplets who have gluten issues.  They talk a lot about what to make for their GF kids.  So I knew I wanted to make something kid friendly and the honey cornbread mix is what caught my eye!

I made Gluten Free Corn Dog muffins! So much fun and so easy! Here is the recipe, it makes 24 muffins – we each ate 2 and thought that was a good serving size:

Gluten Free Honey Corn Dog Muffins

Gluten Free Honey Corn Dog Muffins


  • Krusteaz Gluten Free Honey Cornbread Mix
  • 6 beef hot dogs, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup sweet relish
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup


  1. Mix the Krusteaz Gluten Free Cornbread Mix as directed on the package.
  2. Add cut up hot dog and relish.
  3. Bake in muffin tins at 350 for 20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean
  4. Squirt ketchup and mustard on top of muffins.
  5. Prep Time: 5 minutes
  6. Cook Time: 20 minutes
  7. Makes 24 muffins
  8. Serving size: 2 muffins
  9. Level of difficulty: Beginner/Easy

Here are some picture of preparing the recipe!

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Check out this video of how to make gluten free crackle cookies using Krusteaz mix!

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Here are this week’s FREEBIES and great deals:

FREE  Subscription to Rolling Stone

FREE  Subscription to Glamour

FREE  20 oz Seltzer at Xtra Mart (expires 12/31) – locator

FREE  2015 Catholic Art Calendar

FREE  Beyond Meat Product, Any Variety (expires 12/31)

FREE  Seeds of Change Organic Rice or Sauce

FREE  Michael Bublé Christmas MP3 Album Download

FREE  Healing Harmony, Vol. 2 MP3 Album Download

FREE  Subscription to Prevention

FREE  Kris Kringle Coffee at Quick Chek – (exp. 12/29) – locator

FREE  Epix HD Trial – no credit card required

Remember that freebies from old posts may still be available.  They can be found in the Freebie category under Deals in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways:

  1. Cosco Scenera NEXT and Giveaway (Ends 12/29)
  2. 2 Packages of all Stainlifter Mighty Pacs  (Ends 12/29)
  3. Great Kindie Music CDs and Giveaway (Ends 12/29)



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Cosco Scenera NEXT and Giveaway

by Pennie on December 25, 2014


The Scenera NEXT retails for $46 (YES $46!!) at Walmart and is one of the only car seats on the market to fit three car seats across.  The seat is forward and rear facing from 5-40 pounds, has side impact protection and machine washable fabric. And it’s already receiving praise from car seat advocates nationwide for its safety and affordability!

The Cosco Scenera NEXT is simply a smarter car seat — designed for families who know what they need. It keeps kids safer with Side Impact Protection built into the headrest and a five-point harness that adjusts easily from the front of the seat. The harness features five heights and three buckle locations so you can be sure you’re giving the best fit to your growing child. If your chosen vehicle happens to be an airplane, the Scenera NEXT has got you covered.

Certified for use on aircraft, it gives your child a familiar seat during the flight. The lightweight and compact design also gets you through the airport without weighing you down. With kids in the car, messes happen. Now, thanks to the easy-to-clean car seat pad, there’s no need to stress. The pad comes in a wide range of styles and colors, all of which remove from the seat and are both machine washable and dryer safe. There’s also no more scrubbing goopy build-up from inside the cup holder; it’s dishwasher safe.

Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat:

  • Fits 3 across in the back seat of most vehicles
  • Rear-facing 5-40 lbs (19″ to 40″)
  • Forward-facing 22-40 lbs (29″ to 43″) and at least 2 years old
  • Side Impact Protection
  • 5-point harness with easy front adjustment

Fun fact – did you know that Cosco Car Seats are made in America? Cosco’s first priority is family and the company is proud of what its workers do every day to help keep children safe. To coincide with the roll out of the first Scenera NEXT’s, Cosco is launching a personalized letter writing campaign. Over 500 of the first Scenera NEXT’s will feature handwritten notes from a child of one of Cosco’s Columbus, Indiana, employees.


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Applegate – BACON!

by Pennie on December 25, 2014



At Applegate our mission is to Change the Meat We Eat. 
By that we mean making good meat – the kind that’s raised humanely without antibiotics and hormones – accessible to as many people as possible. To achieve this evolution, we put our resources toward the people we think have the most potential to change our food system – eaters, farmers and innovators. Our work involves educating people about the important issues that impact their food, addressing the challenges faced by new farmers, and supporting big ideas that can improve the way good meat is raised, produced and distributed.

Bacon makes everything better. Introducing the savory, indulgent, applewood-smoked deliciousness of bacon – with zero guilt.  Good Morning Bacon is an innovative style of pork bacon, originating in Europe, and now hitting U.S. shelves courtesy of Applegate. While much of the bacon you currently enjoy is made from the belly of the pig, Good Morning Bacon is made from the shoulder. Applegate Good Morning Bacon packs a seriously porky punch, but with 60% less fat than regular bacon, making it a sensible and delightful addition to your favorite recipes.

Good Morning Bacon looks a little like Turkey Bacon, as it’s a wider strip of meat, but has all the rich flavor and texture that comes from pork. Good Morning Bacon sizzles in the pan, but creates much less grease than traditional bacon, and the finished product is a crispy and delicious.

And of course, Good Morning Bacon comes with the Applegate standards you know and love- it’s made from antibiotic-free, humanely raised pork, with no artificial ingredients or fillers.

We’re Going Whole Hog

These sizzlin’ new strips are hitting the shelves for two reasons; first and foremost, it’s porktastic! Believe us, we know bacon, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to give you a taste. Secondly, for every hog belly, there are other pig parts ideal for bacon-izing. So that’s exactly what we’re doing. By utilizing the shoulder, a previously unpurchased part of the pig, to make this bacon, Applegate is delivering a more sustainable product and curbing waste.

baconquizIn other big news, you can enter to win a year’s supply of bacon (!!!) and test your chops with our Bacon History Quiz. Participate using hashtag #baconhistory. The more the merrier when it comes to bacon!

For More Information visit the Applegate website!

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Nicole’s take:  I am always up to try some bacon.  And this Applegate bacon was delicious! Jamie put it in the oven to cook it and I love how it crisped up.  Jamie was skeptical but did tell me he thought is was really flavorful! I love that it has 60% less fat with all of the taste of full fat bacon!

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Here’s a few items from this week’s great Wacky Wednesday Sale at Cross Country Cafe!


Attention ground control, get ready for blast off! Jet Fuel Keurig K-cup coffee is one heck of a strong roast and it is on sale this week!

Jet Fuel Keurig K-cup coffee is on sale for $11.99 per box of 24!



Twinings Chai Keurig K-cup tea is on sale for $9.99 per box of 24!

Twinings Chai Tea K-Cups blend top quality black teas with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger to create this flavorful tea with the warm richness of spice.



For our espresso lovers - Liberty Nespresso compatible Hiline coffee capsules are on sale for $4.99 per box of 10!

American independence and strong willed attitudes are reflected in this fearless dark roast espresso. It is strong, it is bold and it has lots of kick! Gourmet Brazilian, Guatemalan and Kenyan beans combine to create a balanced and satisfying brew with crisp flavors of raspberry and caramel.

Prices went live today, Wednesday at 12:01am EST and will expire next Tuesday at 12 midnight EST.

Time is dwindling, the big day is almost here! If you have waited until the last minute and are desperately looking for great gift ideas – CCC has an option that will allow you to surprise the coffee lover in your life!

Everybody loves gift certificates, there is nothing better than being able to shop with a gift certificate and choose what works perfect for you. Coffee is no exception to that rule. Recipients will be thrilled to shop for their favorite roast or perhaps try something new. The best news is, our gift certificates can be delivered instantly via email!



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Pollo Tropical – Curing Taste Bud Boredom!

by Pennie on December 24, 2014


What began in Miami as a simple recipe for citrus-marinated grilled chicken has evolved into a world of tropical flavors, and is quickly transforming into a lifestyle of happy, healthy, laid-back fun. And is continually proving that life’s better under the palm. Welcome to Pollo Tropical® where passion is married to freshness to create a one-of-a-kind experience. Our chickens are free of hormones and trans-fats. From our signature grilled chicken and slow roasted mojo pork, to world-renown Create Your Own TropiChops®, nothing surprises and delights like our fresh-made food served in a Caribbean inspired atmosphere.

Send your senses to the tropics. Click through our online menu to plan a meal, a party, or a healthier lifestyle. For exclusive, members-only perks and rewards be sure to sign up for Pollo Reward$®.
Feed your taste for adventure

Take your senses to an oasis of flavors. Our days start early chopping, slicing and grilling, making sauces from scratch and soaking our own beans. We’re freshness fanatics on a never-ending quest to make sure that life tastes better under the palm.

TropiChops® TropiChops®

Family Meals
Family Meals

Side Dishes Side Dishes

For More Information visit the Pollo Tropical website and find and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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Nicole’s take:  We have a Pollo Tropical down the street and I hadn’t ever been.  I think Jamie got chicken from there a time or two but I hadn’t ever looked at their menu.  So when they invited me in to try some items I was a newbie! I thought that the restaurant was bright and the signage was great! The menu is big but not scary at all and I loved the huge variety!

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They have everything from 1/4 chicken meals to their famous Tropichop to delicious side dishes! It took me so long to make up my mind! I ended up getting the trio – roast pork, ribs and chicken.  I chose Ceasar salad and white rice and black beans as my side.  I also chose fried yuca.
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I loved my meal.  It was ready very quickly and the sauce bar was awesome! I tried all of the sauces and my favorites was the pineapple rum! They had great sauces, the cilantro garlic was great with the fried yuca! The food was so fresh and delicious, I will be sure to come back soon!

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CVS Beauty in 2015

by Nicole on December 23, 2014

Woohoo a new CVS Beauty box came! This one is highlighting all of the great new beauty products you’ll find for 2015! Remember to join the free CVS Beauty Club!

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all Stainlifters Mighty Pacs and Giveaway

December 23, 2014

all Holiday Stain Report Heading into the heaviest cooking and baking time of the year, you spend your time worrying about over cooking casseroles and undercooking holiday turkeys.  That being said ‘all laundry recognizes that with all of this time in the kitchen and at the dinner table it is primetime for tough holiday stains. According to the ‘all Holiday Stain Report: Grease and oil […]

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Great Kindie Music CDs and Giveaway

December 23, 2014

Key Wilde &  Mr Clarke Sing a Song of Christmas Cheer on their CD: Animal Tales. They had seen it all before. An overzealous fan rushes the stage, grabs a microphone stand and begins rocking it back and forth in wild abandon. Mr. Clarke, no stranger to pain, continues to sing and play without missing a […]

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CVS MinuteClinic – Steps to Being Smoke Free

December 22, 2014

New Years is the perfect time to focus on a new, improved you. Recently, CVS removed tobacco products from the shelves of all CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide and the company began a smoking cessation campaign to help patients become tobacco-free. Studies show that smokers assisted by a health care provider have a greater chance of quitting […]

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Mrs. Fields Moments!

December 21, 2014

As a Proud Supporter of the USO, we’re donating one Mrs. Fields cookie for every tweet that mentions our special @cookiemoment handle now through December 31st.* Our individually wrapped cookies will be sent via USO2GO kits to troops stationed in the most remote and restricted locations. When you buy a box of Mrs. Fields cookies at your favorite retailer, you’re not just buying a cookie. You […]

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A Few Shortcuts Weekly Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Cake!

December 21, 2014

I love cinnamon.  Really love it.  Just recently I started putting cinnamon on my peanut butter sandwiches (ok, quirky, but it’s really good)!  Amanda at A Few Shortcuts created her new recipe to have on Christmas morning, and I’m going to be right there with her.  Cinnamon Roll Cake is moist, yummy and chock full of cinnamon-there’s […]

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Easy Festive Holiday Bites!

December 20, 2014

Here are some holiday fun food ideas from Pillsbury!  You can impress your guests with festive food that takes just minutes to prepare with Crescents, Sweet Rolls and Cookie Dough for the easiest-ever holiday celebration! These cookie recipes are great for cookie exchanges, gifts for the neighbors, or fun activities for the kids to do. You can count down the […]

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The FabKids December Look!

December 20, 2014

FabKids was founded by ShopStyle founder Andy Moss and actress Christina Applegate, and we offer our members a personalized selection of kids’ outfits each month. Check out some of the adorable outfits that FabKids has to offer!     The Dream On Outfit includes the Unicorn Dream Tee and the Ruffle Denim Skirt!   FabKids empowers kids to express […]

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Top 10 Giveaways, 12/20/14

December 20, 2014

Don’t forget to enter my current giveaways: Find The Christmas Spirit-Charlie Brown With Tree Figurine  (Ends 12/22) Pound Puppies 12 inch plush  (Ends 12/22) Here are this week’s top 10 giveaways.  Please be sure to read each blogger’s giveaway post carefully as they all have different rules. Good luck! Budget Earth – LG 40″ 4k Smart […]

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Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller on Sale!

December 20, 2014

While supplies last customers can purchase the high-end Quinny Buzz Xtra Stroller, equipped with all-terrain tires and an automatic unfold, for the unbeatable price of $399.99 (originally $595). This amazing steal on a luxury stroller is perfect to surprise the new mom or mom-to-be on your holiday list and is available now at retailers like […]

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Safety 1st and Holiday Travel and Giveaway

December 19, 2014

The holiday travel season is fast approaching! As you are mapping out your travel plans make your life easier with this helpful content from Safety 1st consumer safety experts on “How to Survive the Holiday with Kids” . According to AAA last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season.  That’s a lot of people! Then add […]

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Friday Top FREEBIES and Great Deals, Week of 12/19/14

December 19, 2014

Here are this week’s FREEBIES and great deals: FREE  Subscription to Shape FREE  2015 Delallo Calendar FREE  Subscription to Travel 50 & Beyond FREE  Meta Health Bar Sample FREE  Pop Tarts at Xtra Mart expires 12/24 – locations FREE  MyCharge Portable Charger FREE  Full Size Body Wash at CVS – expires 12/31 FREE  Subscription to Glamour […]

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Pajamagram – Send the Gift of Relaxation!

December 18, 2014

When the weather outside is frightful, the entire family (including the pets!) will be comfy, cozy, and warm in these super-soft fleece PJs! “A fun way to send a comfy gift” We all know how crazy, fast-paced, and hectic the world can be, and The PajamaGram Company is all about giving gifts that remind the […]

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