Friday, February 5, 2016

A Simple and Lovely Gift For A Coffee Lover In Your Life

I love being able to find small gifts for friends and family that I know they will love. I have several friends who are real coffee lovers, just like me, and when I saw this nice little set of goodies, I knew exactly who to get it for.

Bali has a really nice Espresso & Coffee Candy Set with 2 Mugs, Milk Frother, and Coffee Clip/Spoon that would be a great gift for anyone who loves coffee.

Here is exactly what is included.
2 ceramic mugs
1 bag of coffee flavored candy
1 bag of espresso flavored candy
1 Nespresso Milk Fother
1 Coffee Clip/Spoon

The mugs are very nice. They are made to look aged and antique. They are a quality ceramic and hold the heat of coffee (or tea) really well, and are a good size for that first cup of coffee in the morning. I really like the color of the mugs, soft and subtle. They would look nice in pretty much everyone's kitchen. They can be washed by hand or put in the dishwasher.

The two bags of candy are a nice touch for any coffee lover. Each one is made with coffee extract, so there is a full coffee flavor as you let the pieces melt in your mouth. Each bag comes with 42 individually wrapped pieces, so you could set them out in a bowl for people to enjoy. I only found one ingredient that was different between the two kinds, but each one is tasty and fun to savor.

The Nespresso Milk Frother is something that most avid coffee drinkers likes to have one of. It is a battery operated tiny whisk that will froth up milk, hot or cold, to make a specialty coffee drink at home. It is super easy to use, has two speeds, and will work in milk and in hot cocoa. It runs on 4 AA batteries (not included) and has two speeds.


The Coffee Clip/Spoon is a really nice idea. The spoon is about one tablespoon and is nice to have clipped right to a bag of coffee. The clip part is good sized, so it will stay in place on a bag easily and hold it tightly shut. It is made of metal, although not stainless steel. I wish that it was stainless steel so it would holdup longer, but it is a nice clip and does help keep an open bag of coffee secure.

The whole package arrives in a box when you order it. It did not arrive in a gift basket or anything that wold make a pretty presentation, but it will be easy to arrange in a basket or container to give as a gift, that is if I don't keep some of it for myself!

You can purchase the Bali Espresso & Coffee Candy Set with 2 Mugs, Milk Frother, and Coffee Clip/Spoon HERE!

This reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.

Ergo Chef/Island Bamboo Month Of Love Giveaway

Ergo Chef/Island Bamboo Month Of Love Giveaway
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Holiday Contest and Sweeps and a great group of dedicated blogs are honored to work with Ergo Chef Cutlery and Island Bamboo to bring you the "Ergo Chef Month Of Love Giveaway". Two lucky winners will each win a Ergo Chef 8" Pro Series No Grounds Chef Knife and a Island Bamboo Carving Board 18" x 12". Each Package is valued at $190.00 

8" Pro Series Patented Chef Knife  
The 8" Chef knife is the Work Horse in the kitchen. Our patented design, with its ergonomic angled handle, can make virtually all types of cutting more comfortable and effortless than standard knives (cutlery). The smooth clean sides with no hollow grounds for easy cleaning keeps it’s strength and durability even after sharpening without the hollow grounds in the blade. Precision balanced and fully forged for a lifetime of use. This chef cutlery helps reduce wrist movement during chopping, and can decrease stress on the muscles in your wrist, hand and forearm; and the extended heel or blade of the knife prevents your knuckles from contacting the cutting surface. The cutlery is perfectly balanced and ground to perfection. Once you try it, you will want no other. Our knives were highly rated by many publications and by many culinary professors.
Features: Blade: German Made Carbon Stainless Steel (X50CrMoV15) Blade Length: 8" of Cut Blade Height: Nice Wide 2.3" Handle Length: 5.2" Long Handle Material: Durable POM Knife Weight: 9.3 Ounces Precision Balanced at Bolster Lifetime Warranty & 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Hue Bamboo creates a whole new look for cutting boards with this cool, colorful update. White birch, a wood renowned for its strength, is stained in a food-safe rainbow of warm tonal colors. The wood accent trim is set into the edges of the bamboo board to add style, strength and long-lasting durability. It’s finished with smooth round edges and a gravy groove to catch flavorful juices. Extra-large board accommodates a turkey, ham or roast. With a hardness 16 times greater than oak or maple, bamboo is great for cutting, chopping, dicing and mincing while keeping premium chef’s knives sharp. Its ultra-smooth surface rinses clear of residue and odors. Fast-growing Moso bamboo is prized for its sustainability, versatility and natural anti-microbial characteristics. When it comes to great design, it’s all about HUE.
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My Husband's Sense Of Humor

I thought I would share with you some of my husband's humor. He really gets me sometimes and loves to joke around. I never know when he is going to do something silly or funny!

Well last night was one of those times. I was in my office working and he asked me if I wanted something to eat. I said yes, I would love a big bowl of ice cream (not thinking he would actually bring me any).

This is what he brought me!

Some days he cracks me up!

Incessant Divagation

by Rick Jones, Husband of the Minister's Wife

Businesses need a way to stand out from the crowd. Some restaurant owners make a bid for attention by choosing very clever names for their businesses, and I thought it would be fun to share with you some of those names.

I'm skipping all the vulgar jokes based on the similarities between common Asian words and crude American slang. But that doesn't eliminate Asian take-out places, like Wok and Roll, Thai Tanic, and Seoul Food. Other restaurants with “imported” cuisine include Jamaican Me Hungry and a Greek eatery, Aesop's Tables. The origin of pizza is debated [Italy? Greece? Egypt? China?], but it's sold in restaurants named Pizza My Heart and Pizza D'Action, as well as Sergeant Pepperoni's.

Another food facility moniker inspired by music is Franks for the Memories, a good way to segue to American food: the hot dog. The frankfurter may have been created in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany [a claim disputed by residents of Coburg and Vienna], but the term “hot dog” originated in the U.S.A. – New Jersey and New York argue over which area can claim the appellation. Many Germans will tell you that what Americans call “hot dogs” are a poor imitation of true frankfurters. Not that any of that matters here, since the names I want to mention are based on another word for the food product: The Weiner's Circle and Award Weiners.

Over to seafood: my runners-up in this category were Prawn Brokers and Fishcoteque. The best was the film pun title, Frying Nemo. Certainly memorable, but it might be traumatic for the kids.

Other film / book tie-ins: Grillers in the Mist, Life of Pie, Lord of the Fries, and Tequila Mockingbird..

Mentioning movies reminds me: many years ago, I had heard of Lettuce Entertain You, and until I researched the name for this article, I had assumed it was a dinner theatre in Chicago. Visiting their website, I learned that LEY Enterprises, founded in 1971, has grown to be involved with scores of restaurants in several states. After looking through a list of 100 restaurants, I called them to verify my discovery: not one of the locations is named Lettuce Entertain You!

There is a coffee house that encourages impromptu musical performance called Espresso Yourself . Java joints have a wide range of pun-based names, like Pony Espresso, Common Grounds, Uncommon Grounds, Brews Brothers, and Brewed Awakenings. Several establishments are known by the Star Trek inspired “Bean Me Up”. There are many coffee houses run by Christians who refer to their faith with names like Sacred Grounds, Higher Grounds, and He Brews.

Austin, Texas is famous for the “heavenly”, pork-based menu of Lard Have Mercy. After looking over an online menu of food they describe as “deep-fried and dee-lish”, I hope someday I get to taste some of it. But I think their logo, a pig wearing an apron and probably cooking pork, is rather disturbing. Eat and ask no questions.

Lois told me that this article would not be complete if I did not include a truckstop restaurant that she and I drove past many times on Highway 31 in Indiana. We never did stop to find out if it was “truth in advertising”, but it's certainly hard to forget:

. . . and let's give a tip of the tall white non-Canadian toque to the Wisconsin restaurant with the name that I used as the tile of this article.

Disclaimer: I have received no products or any other consideration from any of these establishments for my mention of them in this column. But they should be aware that any tokens of appreciation will be gratefully accepted by a hungry columnist.

Except for prawns. Just not my thing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mill Creek Entertainment Winter Movie Spectacular Giveaway

Mill Creek Entertainment Winter Movie
Spectacular  Giveaway

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps is pleased to begin 2016 by working with Mill CreekEntertainment in providing you all with a great giveaway called the "Mill Creek Entertainment Winter Movie Spectacular Par 1" Giveaway in which one lucky winner will win a 11 DVD Collection of a great DVD Movie Collection worth $179.80.
It’s another great month for DVD and Blu-ray! Mill Creek is starting the New Year off right with DVD sets in nearly every category! From Mystery, Sci-fi, and Horror, to Children’s, Family and Drama, many genres are covered in our January releases. There are exciting new film collections to be released including; Queens of Scream, Divas, The Alien Files, Locked and Loaded and the Mary Higgins Clark collection.

 Let's take a look at this great Movie Collection:
MARY HIGGINS CLARK is one of the most critically acclaimed mystery writers of our time. 'The Queen of Suspense' has sold over 100 million copies of her novels in the U.S. alone. Known for her intriguing, clever and suspenseful writing style, now you can enjoy 5 of her best-selling works adapted to feature films.
 After the sudden loss of their parents, the Salinger children must band together to keep their own lives on track, discovering first loves, last calls, and themselves along the rocky road to growing up. Headlined by a young, sexy cast this highly-rated, long-running series firmly found its place as a pop culture phenomenon for all ages.
Richard Dean Anderson (TV's MacGyver) steps into the irresistible and charming role of Ernest Pratt, a dime-store novelist who is living out the adventures of his fictional character Nicodemus Legend in the Old West. Co-starring John de Lancie (TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation) as Janos Bartok a brilliant scientist, the duo teams up to fight for justice using Legend's celebrity and Bartok's outlandish inventions to make a real legend. March to Freedom
MARCH TO FREEDOM is the chronicle of a struggle 400 years in the making. From the first African slaves in the colonies to today, the rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness have been tested throughout the history of America and are examined in this 14-part documentary series. Join the journey through the fabric of our nation that has been sown by the men and women who lived and died in the fight to end slavery and ensure all are equal. With historic reenactments, expert interviews, and first-hand accounts, learn about the people, bloody wars, and undeniable truths that have brought us up from slavery to emancipation road on the MARCH TO FREEDOM.
Enjoy 6 wonderful adaptations of Grimm's fairy tales from beloved children's author and illustrator ERIC CARLE (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) that come to life from an award-winning animation studio. Hosted by HAYLEY MILLS (The Parent Trap, Pollyanna) and featuring the voice talent of JUNE FORAY (voice of Rocky in the Rocky & Bullwinklecartoons) and HANS CONRIED (voice of Captain Hook in Disney’s Peter Pan), this collection makes fantasy and learning go hand-in-hand for a delightful adventure! Alien Files
Demons at the Door director Roy Knyrim draws inspiration from one of the most high-profile UFO sightings ever recorded for this fact-based sci-fi thriller that recreates the infamous "Phoenix Lights" case. On March 13, 1997, community leaders, law enforcement officials, and countless everyday citizens in the southwestern United States witness a phenomenon that simply couldn't be dismissed by even the most hardened of skeptics. Jason Connery, Ashley Peldon, A.J. Cook, and Gwendoline Yeo star in a film that draws on transcripts taken during hypnotherapy sessions to explore precisely what happened to six strangers stranded on a forgotten road during that fateful close encounter.
   Queens of Scream
When David (Luke Wilson) and Amy Fox's (Kate Beckinsale) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, they are forced to spend the night at the only motel around, with only the TV to entertain them - until they discover that the low-budget slasher videos they find in their room were all filmed in the very room in which they're sitting. With hidden cameras now aimed at them - trapping them in rooms, crawlspaces, underground tunnels - and filming their every move, David and Amy must struggle to get out alive before they end up the next victims on tape.

Starring: Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Bruce Greenwood, Jeanne Tripplehorn A spoiled socialite and a handsome fisherman find themselves stranded on a deserted island where matters of material wealth and class disparity are meaningless.
  Lock and Loaded
Four Action-Packed Rounds!
  ATTACK FORCE (2006) Steven Seagal, Lisa Lovbrand, David Kennedy When Lawson (Seagal) loses his team in a cold-blooded attack, he takes it upon himself to investigate the suspicious circumstances of the brutal killings. THE POINT MEN (2001) Christopher Lambert, Kerry Fox, Vincent Regan Tony Eckhardt (Lambert) is as an Israeli secret service agent assigned to track and assassinate Amar, a terrorist who is threatening the future of the Middle East peace process. HUNT FOR EAGLE ONE (2006) Mark Dacascos, Theresa Randle, Rutger Hauer After a raid to capture terrorists holed up with Philippine rebels, Lt. Daniels (Dascascos) must rescue the crew of a downed helicopter before the bioweapons detonate. WALKING TALL: LONE JUSTICE (2007) Kevin Sorbo, Yvette Nipar, Elizabeth Barondes After cleaning up his hometown, Nick (Sorbo) retires as sheriff and hopes to start a new life, when he is pitted against a ruthless drug lord and his army. 
Are We There Yet? (Blu-Ray)
When Nick (Ice Cube, Barbershop) falls for single mother Suzanne (Nia Long, Big Momma's House), he initially doesn't have to worry about what her kids think of him because she just wants to "be friends." Undeterred by this statement - or his buddies, who dog him for loitering in the stalking-friend zone - Nick keeps hanging around. So when Suzanne finds herself in a jam and needs someone to escort her kids to meet her in Vancouver for New Year's Eve, Nick gladly opens the door of opportunity. It could be the best way to win her heart... or the biggest mistake of his life. With more than one destination on his mind, Nick embarks on a road trip he'll never forget - and neither will you!
Lu is a large lovable panda who is the sixth generation owner of the Tae Kwon Do dojo. What Lu doesn’t know is that buried beneath the dojo is the ancient Amulet of Fury. The mythical amulet gives its owner ultimate power and protection. When the villainous tiger warrior, Kudo, terrorizes the small village in pursuit of the amulet, it s up to Lu and his rag-tag team of martial artists to stop him!

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Pain And Suffering Are Useful In Our Lives, Even When We Don't Know It

Bronner cover from pub website

This is a book that will touch your heart in a very special way and if it doesn't right away, then I suggest you read it again. There is so much here that each and every one of us can use and understand. Sherri has a way of touching your heart through her personal experience with the loss of her son, and yet not dwelling on what she went through. She dwells on what the Lord can do through pain and suffering. How everything has a purpose and design in His Master Plan and we, even through our pain and suffering, are a part of it.

This book is an emotional trip. You will feel sorrow, joy, encouragement, you will remember your own hurts, and you will be challenged to want to do the same as Sherri, share your Lord and Savior with others. Pain and sorrow is useful, even when we don't know it. God will use it in our lives and the lives of those around us.

This is a powerful book!

God teaches and refines us through pain and suffering. Author Sherri Burgess, wife of Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show, knows this to be true. After the earthly death of her youngest son, Bronner, Burgess asked, “Why?” And God answered.

Journey with her through this powerful testimony of healing to understand the purpose behind the pain. An empowering resource for book-club discussion or small-group Bible study, this is much more than simply a retelling of an inspiring story. It is a call to action beckoning us to know our Holy God like never before.

Learn more and purchase a copy.


Sherri Burgess’ life is a beckoning for you to know a Holy God like you have never known Him before. The wife of Rick Burgess of The Rick and Bubba Show, a nationally syndicated talk radio show, Sherri is someone who now passionately pursues holiness and inspires others to do the same. A seasoned Bible teacher, writer and blogger, she has in recent years answered God’s call as a women’s ministry speaker. This mother of five stays active with her family in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Caught Up and Could Not Put It Down

Mermaid Moon

Colleen has done it again. This is a book that will keep you enthralled and turning page after page just wanting to find out what happens next. It is fill with suspense and excitement, a sweet romance, and general adventure. Colleen has a way of weaving a mystery with fun twists and turns that keep you guessing and just when you think you have it she will throw you a twist again.

This is the second book in the Sunset Cove series, but it can stand alone as well as compliment the series. The characters are very well developed and strong. They are believable and interesting. There were time I would catch myself feeling like I was a part of the mystery and routing on the romance. This is a great book!

About the book:

Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

About the author:

CCobleUSA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including "Tidewater Inn," "Rosemary Cottage," and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Her books have sold more than 3 million copies.

This reviewer has been compensated with receiving the product free or at a discounted price in order to bring you an honest review. All opinions are those of the reviewer.