Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Taco Cheesecake #Recipe - Yes You Read Right!

Taco Cheesecake Recipe

Taco Cheesecake - those are not two words you hear together often! But when I got a review copy of The Cheesecake Bible from Robert Rose publishing, I just had to share it - it looks too amazing to not! Made with a tasty tortilla chip crust and cheesy taco filling, it is definitely going to become a regular in our house! Especially great for guests or big family gatherings as an appetizer.
So Robert Rose was kind enough to allow me to share the recipe with you guys! The free recipe can be found below - but first - more about the book...

The Cheesecake Bible is chock-full of amazing new takes on cheesecake. 200 in fact. You'll find all of your classic favorites, plus some great tasting new ones like Carrot Cake Cheesecake (which I will also be featuring later this week!) and of course our Taco Cheesecake below.

You can grab your own copy of the book on Amazon here! The Cheesecake Bible: Includes 200 Recipes or here on Robert Rose.

And now without further interruption...the recipe!

Taco Cheesecake, page 237

When you can’t make up your mind what to serve, tacos are one of the most popular options in North America, and this cheesecake is a unique presentation.

• Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)
• 6-inch (15 cm) cheesecake pan, ungreased, or springform pan with 3-inch (7.5 cm) sides, greased

3⁄4 cup tortilla chip crumbs 175 mL
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted 25 mL

2 packages (each 8 oz/250 g) cream cheese, 2 softened
2 tsp granulated sugar 10 mL
2 eggs 2
2 cloves garlic, minced 2
1 large Roma (plum) tomato, seeded, diced 1 and drained (about 3⁄4 cup/175 mL)
11⁄2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 375 mL
1⁄2 cup packed fresh cilantro, chopped 125 mL
1⁄2 cup diced onion 125 mL
2 tsp taco seasoning 10 mL
1 tsp hot pepper sauce 5 mL

2 cups shredded lettuce 500 mL
1. Crust: In a bowl, combine tortilla chip crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of cheesecake pan and freeze.
2. Filling: In a mixer bowl fitted with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until very smooth, for 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Fold in garlic, tomato, Cheddar cheese, cilantro, onion, taco seasoning and hot pepper sauce by hand.
3. Pour over frozen crust, smoothing out to sides of pan. Bake in preheated oven until top is light brown and center has a slight jiggle to it, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 2
hours. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before decorating or serving.
4. Decoration: Place cheesecake on a serving plate with lettuce around the sides.

Serves 10 to 12

Tip: For best flavor, reheat before serving. To serve warm, wrap in foil and bake at 300°F (150°C) for 20 minutes or until warm.

Courtesy of The Cheesecake Bible by George Geary 2014 © Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.
Courtesy of The Cheesecake Bible by George Geary 2014 © Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#Deal #Frozen Bowling set #Toy - #Elsa #Anna and #Olaf ! #FS #Free Shipping

This is one deal you'll want to hurry up and grab, so I thought I would share it! This nice Frozen bowling set is reduced from $29.99 to just $19.95 - a $10 savings! Plus it comes with a cute little clutch wallet! On Amazon now with Free shipping over $35.It is sold by a store, but fullfiled by Amazon. Get it here on Amazon Disney Frozen Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Olaf Bowling Set Toy Game w/ Pink Frozen Wallet


Friday, November 21, 2014

#BlackFriday and #CyberMonday #Deals to Watch For!

Black Friday is upon us already, and Cyber Monday along with it! While I haven't posted a ton of flyers and tips as I did last year, I did think it would be great to share these insider tips I got from DealScience - an awesome site that can help you shop smartly and predict deals before they happen! 
According to them, there are going to be some pretty amazing things to watch for in the comnig week, so be ready to get in line on Friday (or Thursday if you dare!) and get those clicking fingers ready for Monday!
 The DealScience500 Index
According to the DealSciece500, consumers can expect to save big this November and December – and a few of the top predictions include:
·      Tilly’s is the Tops: Tilly’s tops the list as the retailer with potentially one of the largest discounts on the Web this season. predicts Tilly’s may release a promo code that could exceed 50 percent off (and potentially up to 75 percent off) any one item – and may supplement that with an offer of 20-40 percent off each additional item.
·      Department Store Savings: Expect Kohl’s Department Store to offer a special 25-30 percent off site wide code in late November to early December – JCPenney is likely to release a 30 percent off everything code in the same time frame. While Macy’s will likely release 10-20 percent off promo codes and a rare 25 percent off deal around Cyber Monday. Sears shoppers can expect a site wide 10 percent off coupon code for the majority of November and a potential $50 off of $300 in the later half of November
·      Clothes the Deal: Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lane Bryant shoppers should expect a massive 50 percent off site wide deal at some point during late November and early December. Meanwhile, The Gap will likely offer promo codes ranging from 20-40 percent off during November and Banana Republic will release site wide promos for 35-45 percent off during the same timeframe.
·      Cyber Monday Sales: Keep an eye out for the following site wide deals around   December 1, as they may only be available for 24-72 hours:
o   50 percent off at The Gap, SnapFish, Carter’s and OshKosh B'gosh - and 50 percent off any one item at JoAnn’s
o   40 percent off at Michaels and
o   30 percent off at REI, Lands’ End,, Sierra Trading Post, and
o   25 percent off at Fujitsu, Dr. Jays and Derm Store

Top Tips for Holiday Savings has also compiled a list of the top tips for saving this season, based on research from a team of retail experts.

  1. Make the Most of Price-Matching: Good news for shoppers – thanks to the prevalence and competitive edge of sites like Amazon, a growing number of retailers are offering price-match guarantees. That said, it's up to the shopper to find the price difference. found that over 25 percent of big-box retailers offer a price-match guarantee, including Target, Toys "R" Us, and Best Buy. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe's will even give the customer an extra 10 percent back.
  2. Product Promos: Many retailers will offer the deepest holiday discounts to specific categories of products. This year, electronics, apparel and toys top the list. Shoppers should pay particular attention to deals on laptops (especially those with Intel Core processors, which may dip as low as $200), tablets (Windows may offer the most sales), and 4K televisions. As always, anticipates substantial discounts on toys and current-season apparel around Black Friday.
  3. Shipping Savings: While free shipping deals are common for apparel stores (over 60 percent offer ongoing free delivery for orders over $50+), home goods retailers and e-commerce giants, like Amazon and eBay, may be lowering their shipping rates as well. Many of these marketplaces deliver through the USPS, which has recently reduced shipping costs for businesses, consequently; these sites pass along some savings to consumers.
  4. Mobile Payment Promotions: With the release of Google Wallet and Apple Pay in late October, some stores that are equipped to process mobile payments (such as the Apple-Pay-accepting Bloomingdales, Macy's, and the Disney Store) may start to offer promotions in November to incentivize payment via smartphone.
  5. The Negotiator: For in-store purchases, negotiating can be a useful tactic for supplemental savings. Understand what the store’s competitors are offering and try to use it to get the best deal. And remember, a flawed item can be a sale item. It always pays to ask.

For more on the DealScience500 Index and to explore the coupon climate, visit

About helps consumers shop more intelligently by predicting where and when the best deals are likely to happen. Using historical data and cutting-edge shopping intel, delivers the best insight about current and future offers to help consumers make better purchase decisions today and know how to save more tomorrow. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

#FREE Car Seat Canopy!

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#SilkCreamyCashew for Canada! A Good Milk Alternative? @LoveMySilk

I must start off this post by saying that we do like our milk in our house - I have alone year old who drinks her fill everyday, while my two older kiddos clamor for it as well. My husband and myself enjoy it as well, especially when we`re having a nice batch of fresh from the oven chocolate chip cookies! So when I got the opportunity to try out a new beverage from Silk made from healthy cashews that could potentially replace milk, I was intrigued!

While milk is the most popular choice as a calcium source for most families, more and more people are choosing to look for alternatives. This is due mainly to the fact that the cows that are producing the milk are pumped with hormones, so that they can produce more. Whether or not you think that is a good idea, you have to agree with one fact - drinking hormones that are not naturally occurring in your body cannot be good for your health. It just can`t! And with organic milk costing so much and carrying the risk of being un-pasteurized, it isn't a viable alternative for most families.

So, back to Silk Cashew - which I was curious about due to the reasons above.

Silk Cashew has as much calcium as milk, but less fat and calories than skim milk!
Just that fact alone can make you want to switch! But the biggest factor in my house was the taste - I will admit we like whole milk, 3.25%! So thinking about switching to a drink that might not taste as creamy or filling as whole milk is always an issue for all of us, especially the kids. But we tried Silk and...

Their glasses were empty! Even my picky 3 year old who turns up her nose at most new foods lately. My 12 year old and even my 1 year old loved it too! So then of course I had to try some (yes, I tested it on my children first!)

And I liked it too! Not only was it nice, smooth and creamy, but it had a different taste than other milk-alternatives like soy milk. It tasted like having a glass of milk with a shortbread cookie - you know those yummy nutty ones you eat during the holidays. It was really good! In fact, I bought three cartons and by the end of the week they were gone!

Silk Cashew is great for baking too! If you take a look at their website, you`ll see a whole bunch of delicious recipes to try out. I made some dinner rolls during the week with it and they tasted great - I just used a little less sugar since it has a sweeter taste. It is absolutely a product I will buy again, especially for holiday baking!

Definitely stop by the Silk Facebook page and check them out - they share great recipes and ideas to use Silk products in everyday cooking and baking as a healthy milk alternative. You can find out where to buy Silk in Canada on their website here (found mine at Walmart), and check out their recipes too!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould Book Review @lesliejeangould

Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould Book Review

 October 14, 2014
Can Bea and Ben Turn Rivalry Into Romance? 
Beatrice Zook knows God wants her to learn patience toward others. When assisting a family overwhelmed by triplets proves surprisingly successful, her confidence in dealing with others, both young and old, grows.

One person she'll never be able to find peace with though is Ben Rupp. They've known each other forever, and Ben understands precisely how to antagonize her. What neither she nor Ben will admit is that beneath all their bickering, attraction awaits. When friends decide to try and bring the couple together, will the pair be able to find true love? Or will they damage their relationship beyond repair?

The Author

Leslie Gould 

My Review
This book appealed to me mainly because of its title - it seemed like it would make for a great story! Typically, Amish fiction books depict the women as being either really satisfied or dissatisfied with their lives. The main character in the book is what I really loved though - Bea. Bea, short for Beatrice, is not only strong minded, she seems to think that she knows what she wants in life (like any girl her age in our 'Englisch world too!). I love how the author depicted her as being so strong willed and stubborn - not your typical Amish character! Through a series of rough events she learns to stand up for herself too - but in a way that is both mature and satisfying. Definitely a character you want to read about again!
The book also addresses issues that most other Amish fiction books haven't dared to tread on - like mistreatment of women and women not wanting to marry in the community.

The story in general had me wondering where it was going quite a few times, a good thing in a book! Like all great stories it has a villain of sorts, love interests, and family drama! Woo!
Overall a great book to pick up at the end of the day and relax with!

PSSSSST! Free book!!\
The first book in the series, Courting Cate, is being offered for free right now as an ebook! Get it at the link below! Enjoy :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Review: ItGirl4Life Review & Giveaway

Publisher: Heart Project Publishing 

Release Date: June 2014

Buy Link(s):

bn link:

Book Description:

"YOU have IT. IT is the GREATNESS you were born with." - from the book

Writer, Artist and Speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters on how to build
unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright in the world, in
bring out your special something and so much more.
Get ready to fall in love with your own
wisdom, beauty, and strength.

Hashtag Us - #ItGirl4Life  #vbtcafetours

My Review
ItGirl4Life is a book that, I must say, caught my attention right away. When I'm choosing a book to read, I'm always big on titles and covers. I instantly loved the title - ItGirl4Life - because it seemed modern and catchy - like a hashtag. Plus the pink cover - well, if you haven't guessed already by the look of my blog, my favorite color is pink!

But this book is sort of like a hashtag - an easy to read, inspirational title that can resonate with women at many stages of life. More like a devotional-style book than a deep, exhaustive text, the chapters are short and to the point. Although they don't go on for long, they do make you think. I like reading self-help books with shorter chapters though - I think it gives you more time to concentrate on what the book is trying to get across.

The message this book is trying to convey is that you matter. As a woman, you matter, you can reach for the stars and grab them and accomplish your goals. I always enjoy reading words like that from books for women or girls, especially since having my own girls now. It's so important to give them quality words like this that will inspire them to not only dream big, but actually take steps to accomplish those dreams - and that is exactly what this book does!

Author Bio:

(short version)

Tamara Branch is a writer, artist, and speaker, on a mission to help girls unlock their brilliant
potential. She's from New York, born and raised in the Bronx, and currently lives in Los Angeles,


November 9 - 29

November 10 - Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt

November 10 - Guest Blogging at Coffee, Books, Art

November 12 - Spotlight at ReadsAlot

November 14 - Review at Debbie Jeans Blog

November 17 - Author 2 Author Marketing at BookIt BK

November 19 - Guest Blogging at BK Walker Books

November 21 - Reviewed at Arya The Fangirl

November 21 - Review & Guest Blog at Tea & Book

November 24 - Interviewed at The Avid Reader

November 26 - Review & Guest Blogging at SimpliSpeaking

November 28 - Review & Guest Blog at PubSlush

November 29 - Reviewed at My Life, Loves and Passions