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Monday, October 27, 2014

Product Review - Arctic Chill's Ice Ball Maker




Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit 

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit 

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit 


Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
Arctic Chill's Ice Ball Maker

I was asked to do a review by Rizzi at Arctic Chill. I agreed and she sent me a box of its Ice Ball Maker in exchange for an honest review. Arctic Chill’s Ice Ball Maker is a circular mold that is made from BPA free silicone. The ice ball maker came in a 4-pack. Each ball consists of two half-sphere molds, a top and bottom. I secured them together and filled each one with purified drinking water through a hole on top. The tip on the box recommends distilled or filtered water for a clear ball. I put them in the freezer for a few hours. When it was time to use the balls, I was concerned that they would be difficult to remove. I pulled on the top sphere and it came off easily. Then, I turned the other half of the mold upside down, pressed on the bottom, and the ice fell into the glass. I had created three 2.5" ice spheres out of four, not bad. I did not put enough water in one of them. I was being cautious about leaving enough room for the water to expand as it freezes. I used the ice balls during a house party on Saturday. I poured nonalcoholic beverages over them. It added a fun dimension to the cocktails and it kept them cold for about three hours. My guests thought they were cool as well, no pun intended. 

I recommend Arctic Chill's Ice Ball Maker for entertaining. Enjoy!  ~ The Food Temptress

What's your favorite drink served over ice?


Additional Information 
Product Name: Ice Ball Maker
Brand: Arctic Chill
RRP: $19.95
Material: Silicone
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I  received a product sample from Arctic Chill; however, I was not paid for my opinion. All my opinions are mine and mine alone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, October 24, 2014

Trottole with Puttanesca Sauce




Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I bought Kroger's Private Selection Trottole Pasta the other day because it looked fun. The bag it came in suggested serving puttanesca sauce over the noodles. I had never heard of this sauce so I "Googled" it. Once I found out what the sauce included, I decided to give it a whirl. As a result, I created a recipe for trottole with puttanesca sauce. I absolutely loved the sauce with its combination of flavors and I didn't even miss the meat. Though the dish was not salty, it contains lots of sodium. I highly recommend this recipe, but with a warning about the sodium. Enjoy!

What's your favorite pasta dish?

Trottole with Puttanesca Sauce

Ingredients
1/2 pound Private Selection Trottole Pasta
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. onion (chopped)
6 cloves garlic (chopped)
1/2 c. green olives
1/2 c. black olives
4 tbsp. capers
1 (14.5 oz. can) diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Parsley, garnish 

Instructions
1. Cook pasta according to package.
2. In a large skillet, add olive oil. Heat until hot.
3. Add onions and garlic. Stir until onions are translucent.
4. Add olives and capers. Stir together.
5. Drain a little water off of diced tomatoes, and then add to skillet.
6. Cook about 10-15 minutes over medium heat.
7. Pour sauce over pasta.
8. Top with cheese and garnish with parsley. 



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Slow-cooked Barbeque Chicken





Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I use my crock-pot year round. Barbeque chicken is one of my favorite dishes to make. It is quick, easy, and tasty. Some say barbeque is an aphrodisiac which should make your loved one very happy. Enjoy!


Slow-Cooked Barbeque Chicken | Cooking on a Dollar Store Budget by Rekaya Gibson

Ingredients
6 chicken legs or thighs
1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
1 (18 oz.) bottle barbeque sauce
2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. parsley flakes
Salt & pepper

Directions
1. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and parsley before placing in a crockpot. 
2. Add garlic and onions. 
3. Pour barbecue sauce over meat. 
4. Cook on low for approximately three hours.


Tip: Crockpot temperatures vary. Food may cook faster or slower than suggested cook time. 






Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Butterscotch Cheesecake




Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit
Copyright 2014, Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit


I love butterscotch and I love cheesecake. As a result of experimenting, I created this delicious butterscotch cheesecake. This one might make your loved one propose marriage, if he or she hasn't already. I started with a basic cheesecake recipe and added my own twist to it. Butterscotch pudding makes the cheesecake turn a tan color and it creates a heavenly smell in the house. My cake did split in the middle while cooking; I don't know why. The cream texture has a light taste with the right amount of butterscotch sweetness. I highly recommend this recipe. Enjoy!

What's your favorite butterscotch product?

Butterscotch Cheesecake

Ingredients
1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp. sugar
1/3 c. butter, melted
4 (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 (3.4 oz.) package instant butterscotch pudding
1/2 c. Butterscotch chips
Almond milk, optional

Directions
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In medium bowl, mix together graham crackers, three tablespoons of sugar, and butter.
3. Press cracker mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. 
4. In large bowl, add cream cheese, one cup of sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat with mixer until blended.
5. Add eggs one at a time. Beat until blended.
6. Add butterscotch pudding; mix until blended.
7. Pour over the graham cracker crust.
8. Bake 55 minutes. 
9. Loosen cake from rim pan; cool on counter for about 15 minutes.
10. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
11. Remove rim from pan.
12. Melt butterscotch chips on stovetop over medium heat. Add milk for preferred consistency or to prevent sticking.(or chips in microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted.)
13. Drizzle chips over cheesecake.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, October 3, 2014

Product Review - R.W. Knudsen Sparkling Pumpkin Spice Beverage




Copyright 2014 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

I purchased R.W. Knudsen Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice (non-alcoholic) from Kroger the other day. The orange-caramel color caught my attention and it got me in the mood for the fall season. The 100% juice includes sparkling filtered water, apple and pumpkin juice concentrates,  and natural flavors.  The pumpkin spice fragrance smells like the actual seasoning. When I tasted it, the flavor hit me like an alcoholic beverage - very strong and almost unbearable. The pumpkin is overpowering leaving a bitter apple aftertaste. I would not recommend this celebratory beverage unless you like spicy drinks.

Nutritional Value

8 oz. | Serving Size per Container about 3
Calories 120
Fat 0g
Sodium 15mg
Postassium 270mg
Carbohydrate 29g
Fiber <1g
Sugars 24g
Protein 0g


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”