Ninja Foodi Unboxing and Water Test

Unbox the Ninja Foodi with me and see how I put the Ninja Foodi through the water test.

I purchased an 8 quart Ninja Foodi from QVC. I currently have an air fryer that I use on a daily basis, as well as an Instant Pot. However, I was impressed with the capacity of an 8 quart, I have a family of 5 to cook for. After watching QVC’s presentation, I was also impressed when they pressure cooked a chicken in the Foodi, and then crisped and browned it using the Air Crisp Technology.

I was happy when the box arrived at my house and excited to try it! I thought it would be fun to unbox it to show you what was inside.

Ninja Foodi Unboxing and Water Test

Watch me unbox the Ninja Foodi and do the water test.

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Carla XOXO

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Holiday Party Sponsored by Kikkoman

I prepared some yummy holiday recipes featuring Kikkoman products for my family.

I was so excited to be chosen to host a holiday party featuring Kikkoman products. It gave me an opportunity to try new recipes, which is something that I love to do!

I received a holiday goodie box from Kikkoman with free Kikkoman product coupons, Kikkoman recipe booklets, and awesome Kikkoman T-shirts for me and my party guests to wear.

#KikkomanParty #Sponsored @Kikkomanusa #ThankYouKikkoman

Kikkoman Chicken, using Kikkoman Low Sodium Soy Sauce and fresh oranges and fresh orange juice.

I decided to make Kikkoman chicken, featuring Kikkoman Low Sodium Soy Sauce and fresh oranges. Kikkoman Green Bean Casserole, using Kikkoman Sou Sauce and Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs. And Kikkoman Stuffing, using Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs.

Yummy Holiday Goodies!

All the recipes were new ones for me to try, and new for my guests to sample. Everyone enjoyed all of the dishes! I will definitely be making the recipes again for future family and friend gatherings!

My Holiday Party menu:

  • Kikkoman Soy Sauce and Orange Chicken
  • Kikkoman Fresh Green Bean Casserole
  • Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumb Stuffing
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes
  • Mashed Butternut Squash
  • Corn
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Fresh baked Crescent Rolls
  • My Grandma’s Coffee Cake
  • Peach Pie (thanks, Mom!) with flavored whipped creams
  • Lindt LINDOR Truffle Varieties
  • Apple cider with Cinnamon Sticks
  • Coffees and Teas, Ginger Ales, Wine, And Beer

I will have my Kikkoman and other recipes on my blog shortly!

We all had fun! 😊
Kikkoman Soy Sauce and Fresh Orange Chicken, it was Juicy!

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The spread 😋

Until next time!

Carla XOXO

DIY: The Most Delicious, Easy, Homemade Sticky Buns!

Bake up some easy, sweet, yummy, most delicious homemade sticky buns for your family and friends!

My family LOVED these sticky buns. As a Mom, I loved that all I had to do was a little prep work the night before, throw the sticky buns in the oven in the morning, and 25 minutes later, Voila! You and your family will have some delicious, homemade, warm sticky buns to enjoy!

DIY: The Most Delicious, Easy, Homemade Sticky Buns!

These would be terrific for Thanksgiving morning while you are prepping dinner. Or for Christmas morning while you and your family are unwrapping presents!

Here’s how you make them:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raisins (and nuts, if you like them)
  • 1/2 or 3/4 cup of brown sugar (I used 3/4 cup, next time I will try a 1/2 cup.)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 package of Jello Cook and Serve Pudding (You can use Vanilla, Butterscotch, or French Vanilla flavors.)
  • 1 package of 18 count Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls (my package was a 36 count of rolls, I used half of the package.)
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter Flavored Cooking Spray to grease the Bundt Pan (Or use plain Cooking Spray, or butter, or Crisco to coat the pan.)

Directions:

Use a Bundt pan, generously coat your pan with the Butter Flavored Cooking Spray.

Put the raisins and/or nuts in the bottom of the pan. Let the rolls soften a little and cut them in half. Roll each roll in cinnamon and place them around your Bundt pan.

Sprinkle the Jello Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding over the cinnamon rolls.

Then sprinkle the brown sugar over the rolls as well.

Drizzle the melted butter over the top.

Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

Flip the sticky buns out of the pan as soon as you take them out of the oven, do not let them cool in the pan, or they will stick in there! Flip them out onto a serving platter that has a lip because the sticky buns can be messy. Be super careful flipping them onto the serving platter, use good oven mitts, the pan and the sticky sugar are hot!

Please let me know if you try this recipe! Thanks for joining me, please feel free to Like, Follow, Comment, and Share! Please see my How-to video to see how I make these yummy sticky buns below. Also, I would love for you to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

Until next time!

Carla XOXO

Starbucks and Lindt LINDOR = Perfect Together!

I have the chance to host a “Starbucks and Lindt LINDOR Bring the Joy Together Party” and I hope I am chosen to host. Coffee and chocolate are seriously the perfect combination!

Who doesn’t love coffee and chocolate? Both are my favorite things in the world and I purchase both Starbucks and Lindt LINDOR on a regular basis, I am meant to be a host!

#StarbucksandLindt #Sponsored. #StarbucksAndLindtPerfectTogether

Yummy Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles at Target.
My Target didn’t have the Starbucks Holiday Blend out yet, but they have the yummy Lindt LINDOR Milk Chocolate Truffles on sale.

Fingers crossed that I am chosen, it would be a wonderful birthday present. 🎂🎂🎂 My birthday is on December 6 and the event would be December 7! 🤞🏻🤞🏻

Carla XOXO

DIY: Hearty, Healthy, and Yummy Veggie Chili

Watch me cook delicious, healthy, and satisfying veggie chili in my Instant Pot.

The weather is finally cooler in Pennsylvania, it made me crave delicious veggie chili. Warm yourself up by making some hearty, healthy, and easy veggie chili in the Instant Pot.

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • Carrots, 1/2 cup, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • Red Bell Pepper, 1 pepper, chopped
  • Yellow Bell Pepper, 1 pepper, chopped
  • Green Bell Pepper, 1 pepper, chopped
  • Yellow squash, 1 squash, chopped
  • Onion, one medium, chopped
  • 1 TSP of Orrington Farms Vegan Vegetable Broth Base
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • One pinch of Tajin Chili Lime Seasoning
  • Black beans, one can, rinsed and drained
  • Kidney beans, one can, rinsed and drained
  • Pinto beans, one can, rinsed and drained
  • Two or three pickled jalapeños rings, chopped
  • Diced tomatoes, one small can
  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes with seasonings, one small can
  • The juice of one Lime
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • pink sea salt to taste
  • I forgot to add garlic, but a couple of cloves of garlic would be great, ha ha

Possible toppings for your chili:

  • Shredded cheddar, or Monterey Jack, or Mexican blend cheese
  • Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • Jalapeno rings
  • Tortilla chips
  • Corn bread
  • corn chips
  • Cheddar bay biscuits
  • Biscuits
  • Nachos on the side
  • Baked potatoes on the side

Instructions:

Put your instant pot on the sauté setting and sauté all the veggies in olive oil until soft. Add in broth base and spices, beans, and diced tomatoes, and stir. Then add lime juice and tomato paste. Season with pink salt to taste. My Instant Pot would not seal, so my chili cooked for about 32 minutes with the lid on. If it would have sealed, I would have done 8 minutes on High Pressure, Manual Release (sealing the valve).

Garnish with cheese, sour cream, avocado, jalapeños, and yellow corn chips.

Please see my how-to video. If you try this chili, please let me know in the Comments. If you have any special ingredients that you add to your veggie chili recipe, or any special veggie chili recipe you use, I’d love to hear about it in the Comments! Please feel free to Like, Follow, Comment, and Share. Please also Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, I would love to have you as a subscriber!

Thanks for joining me! Happy Cooking!

Carla XOXO

Dollar Tree Hauls – Multiple Stores

Check out my shopping show and tell purchases from The Dollar Tree.

I went to a couple of different Dollar Trees over the course of a couple of weeks. If I have the time, I try to stop in once a week or so to see what’s new. Right now is a great time to go because they have a medley of holidays there right now, some Halloween still on the shelves, some Thanksgiving and Harvest themes, and some Christmas is starting to roll out on the shelves. So if there is something specific you are looking for, now is the time to check it out before the shelves get picked over, which seems to happen a lot at my local Dollar Tree. I put together a Show and tell video of all of my Dollar Tree purchases, with a couple of Aldi finds thrown in at the end.

Check out my Dollar Tree Hauls – Multiple Stores video. Please feel free to Like, Comment, Follow, and Share. I would love for you to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to see my future craft projects, hauls, and recipes!

Happy Shopping!

Carla XOXO

Unboxing: Desert Steel Indoor/Outdoor Pumpkin Luminary

Watch me unbox my new Desert Steel Indoor/Outdoor Pumpkin Luminary from QVC!

I am a big QVC watcher and shopper. When I saw the Desert Steel Pumpkin Luminary on QVC, I loved the look of them and wanted one for my front porch. While the price was fairly steep, I figured it was something I could get out year after year. I had trouble choosing between the white and the orange, but finally choose the white. And I chose the tall versus squatty size because I thought the tall would look more substantial. I would have bought the squatty one too if the price was a little lower.

I checked the QVC website and these are currently priced at $45.36. It is item number M47558. You will get use out of this pumpkin luminary from the early signs of fall until after Thanksgiving.

The tag that was attached to the pumpkin base.
The pumpkin with a hole to attach the stem.
The pumpkin stem was packed separately.
Attaching the stem.
The luminary pumpkin on my front porch.
The Pumpkin Luminary all lit up with a battery operated candle inside.

Please note that I do not get any commission from QVC or Desert Steel for this post. I am simply a QVC shopper and thought you would like to see my purchase. Please check out my unboxing video. Please feel free to Like, Follow, Comment, and Share. I would also love for you to Subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Thanks for reading! Until next time!

Carla XOXO

Dollar Tree Christmas Tour 2019

Check out the Christmas craft aisle and the Christmas ornament aisle at The Dollar Tree. Come shop with me!

I went to two Dollar Trees last week and they each had some Christmas items out. One Dollar Tree had their Christmas Crafts section freshly stocked, the other Dollar Tree had their Christmas Ornaments out. With the Dollar Tree, things go fairly quickly, so if you see soo,etching you like, you should get it when you see it.

My husband made fun of me when I took a video in the Dollar Tree, ha ha, but it didn’t stop me. I told him I wanted to show everyone what they had. 😊

Below are a couple of items that I liked, and at the very bottom is my Tour video, showing what they have available so far.

Dollar Tree Christmas Tour 2019

A couple of favorite ornaments:

One of the 3 owls I purchased, adorbs!
The cutest little red trucks!
Little sleds in a burlap color. The also had a red burlap color as well.
Little campers, two for a dollar and they are so cute!

Here’s a link to my first Dollar Tree Christmas tour 2019 video. Please stay tuned to my YouTube channel. I will have a Dollar Tree Haul coming soon. I’ve been stock piling and haven’t had a chance to film it yet. It’s from a couple different trips with a medley of holidays, ha ha, some Halloween, Fall, and Christmas. But that’s how you have to roll at The Dollar Tree. You have to get it when you see it! Please feel free to Comment, Follow, Like, and Share. And please Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, I’d love to have you as a subscriber! 😊💗

Until next time!

Carla XOXO

DIY: Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Make an easy, hearty, and tasty slow cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich that your family will love!

2 out of 3 of my kids are picky eaters. I’ve somehow turned into a short order cook, LOL, I blame myself! They are a couple of meals that I make where all 3 kids will eat it. These BBQ Pulled Chicken sandwiches are one of them. They are so easy to make, it’s one of those “set it and forget it” meals.

Slow cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches are so easy to make!

For this recipe, I use the Instant Pot’s slow cooker function. I had four humongous chicken breasts to cook for this recipe. Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup of Apple juice or Apple cider
  • A splash of Apple cider vinegar
  • A cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I used Corky’s. I also like Sweet Baby Rays.)
  • Sandwich buns, buttered and toasted
  • Salt

Using tongs, place the chicken breasts in the Instant Pot. Add in Apple juice, Apple cider vinegar, and BBQ sauce. Cook on the slow cooker setting from 4 – 6 hours. I cooked mine for 4 hours, 15 minutes.

Take chicken out and place it in a bowl. Shred the chicken with two forks, or use a hand or stand mixer to shred the chicken. Ladle in some sauce from the Instant Pot. How much sauce you use is up to you. I also added a little more of the BBQ sauce since the consistency of the sauce is thicker. Next, I added some pink salt from my salt grinder to taste.

In the meantime, I buttered some sandwich buns and lightly toasted them. Serve the Pulled BBQ chicken on the toasted buns and enjoy!

4 extra large chicken breasts.
1/4 cup of Apple juice or cider.
A splash of Apple cider vinegar.
1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce.
I used Corky’s, I also love Sweet Baby Ray’s.
Coat the chicken in the sauce.
Select the slow cooker setting from 4 to 6 hours, mine was done at 4 hours.
Set your Instant Pot on Venting.
The chicken is done! Remove and shred in a bowl.
Add some sauce from the pot.
Add a little of the thicker BBQ sauce to coat.
Serve them on buttered, toasted buns and enjoy!

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Thanks for reading! Until next time!

Carla XOXO