IPSY Glam Bag Plus Unboxing! January 2020, Plus Add Ons!

Join me as I explore my new IPSY Glam Plus Subscription Box for January 2020!

IPSY Glam Bag Plus Reveal January 2020, Plus Add Ons!

My birthday was in December and I have been curious about the IPSY Beauty subscription boxes that I keep seeing online. I decided to buy myself one as a birthday present to me, from me, ha ha!

Watch me open the box and check out the products that came with the $25.00 IPSY Glam Bag Plus subscription. I also added on some additional beauty products that they offered.

IPSY has 3 differently priced subscriptions. I went with the $25.00 one called IPSY Glam Bag Plus*. They also have a $12.00 subscription, and a $50.00 subscription as well.


*Please note, I am not affiliated with IPSY at all and I just wanted to try a box.

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Carla XOXO

The Best Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars!

Try these easy, wholesome, yummy homemade chewy granola bars for a satisfying snack or a delicious breakfast!

The Best Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars! Sooooo yummy! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

These chewy, peanut buttery, gluten free homemade granola bars are much more satisfying than the pre wrapped store bought ones! I have purchased the store bought ones in the past for my kids and these bars are much more filling, contain Whole Foods, no preservatives, and are much more delicious. Plus, they are easy to whip up and bake up in 12 – 15 minutes. Ditch those store bought ones and make these, they taste soooo much better!

These bars can be customized to what your tastes are. You can use any nut butter that you like. If you are allergic, try Sun Butter. Here are some different mix in ideas:

  • Overripe bananas, mash with a fork and blend in
  • Nuts (peanuts or almonds would be so good!)
  • Seeds (sunflower, flax, chia, sesame, and more!)
  • Protein powder (reduce oats or it may be too dry)
  • Coconut
  • Dried cranberries, raisins, apricots, blueberries, banana chips, cherries, strawberries, chopped dates, chopped figs, or any other type of dried fruits, or citrus zest
  • Various fruity, sweet, and crunchy cereals mixed in.
  • Different decadent chocolates or candies. Dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate, semi-sweet, white, peanut butter chips, toffee bits, caramel bits, mini chocolate chips, mint chips, butterscotch, Chocolate coated candies, chocolate coated sunflower seeds, the list goes on and on!
  • Mini marshmallows, plain or fruity
  • Sesame stick pieces or pretzel pieces


  • 3 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter you prefer)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey, or agave, I used a mix of half maple syrup and half Monk Fruit Maple Syrup)
  • A splash of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Bakers semi-sweet chocolate chips), plus an additional 1/2 cup of chips to sprinkle on after baking, if you prefer
  • Any additional add ins that you prefer, see above for yummy ideas!


  1. Preheat oven to 350Β° F.
  2. Combine all wet ingredients in the bowl, then mix in oats, salt, and chocolate chips (or other add ins you choose).
  3. Transfer to a parchment lined pan (I used a brownie pan 9 x 9 size.).
  4. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with the reserved 1/2 cup of chocolate chips when hot out of the oven. Once the chips are melted, spread the chocolate over the granola bars.
  6. Let cool, pull parchment out of pan and slice in squares or rectangles.
  7. Enjoy!
  8. Store in an airtight container.

I hope you enjoy these granola bars! Please let me know what your favorite mix in ingredients would be! Next time I make these I am adding in some pretzel pieces.

Please check out my How-to video on YouTube.


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JoAnn Holiday Decor Haul

See the great holiday decor items I picked up at JoAnn!

I went to JoAnn yesterday and discovered the Doorbuster Sale, which was 70 percent off of all Holiday Decor. I picked up some holiday mugs I was eyeing up the last time I was there. I want to get a coffee cup Tree for my coffee bar (anyone know where I can find a reasonably priced farmhouse style one?). I also picked up some other awesome items. Check out my JoAnn Holiday Decor Haul.

I do believe they are still having a 60 percent off Holiday Decor sale through November 26, so if there is something you β€œneed” from JoAnn, there is still time to go grab it at a great price! Also, you never know what great Black Friday prices they will have. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»


JoAnn Holiday Decor Haul

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Porch Tour and Thrift Store Finds

Join me for a quick porch tour and let me show you my recent thrift store finds.

I found some fun things at Habitat for Humanity. I plan to redo some of the items, and keep one as is. My cousin, Lisa, also gave me a cute little bench that I plan to repaint (Thank you, Lisa!) I was thinking a buffalo check top, what do you think? Let me know in the comments.

I love going to Thrift Stores, you never know what fun things you can find!


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Ninja Foodi Crisp and Juicy Whole Chicken

Watch me prepare my first Ninja recipe, a delectable whole chicken, using the Ninja Foodi.

My new Ninja Foodi passed the water test and I was ready to try a new recipe. I bought a roaster chicken at Acme for 75 cents a pound and wanted a whole chicken to be what I tried first. I saw a chicken showcased during the QVC demonstration on TV and was excited to try making one myself.

Since I’m a new Ninja Foodi user, I decided it would better for me to try one of the recipes in the Ninja Foodi recipe booklet that was provided. I made the TenderCrisp 101 Herb Roasted Chicken.

Ninja Foodi Crisp and Juicy Whole Chicken

TenderCrisp 101 Herb Roasted Chicken from the Ninja Foodi Recipe Book


  • 1 whole fresh (not frozen) uncooked chicken (6 to 7 pounds) (mine was 7.6 pounds)
  • Juice of 2 lemons (1/4 cup of juice)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns (I used ground fresh black pepper)
  • 5 springs fresh thyme
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (I used olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper, or taste
  • I also sprinkled on some smoked paprika for color


Remove packet of giblets, if included in the cavity of the chicken. Rinse chicken and tired legs together with cooking twine.οΏΌοΏΌ

And a small bowl, mix together lemon juice, hot water, honey, and 2 tablespoons salt. Pour mixture into the pot. Please whole peppercorns, time, and garlic in the pot.

Please chicken into the Cook and Crisp basket and place basket in pot.

Assemble pressure lid, making sure the pressure release valve is in the seal position. Select pressure and set to high (Hi). Set time to 40 minutes. Select start/stop to begin.

When pressure cooking is complete, quick release the pressure by moving the pressure release valve to the vent position. Carefully remove lid when unit has finished releasing pressure.

Brush chicken with canola oil or spray with cooking spray. Season with salt and pepper. (I also sprinkled mine with smoked paprika.)

Close crisping lid. Select Air Crisp, set temperature to 400Β°F, and set time to 15 minutes. Select start/stop to begin. Cook until desired level of crispness is reached.

Cooking is complete when internal temperature reaches 165Β°F. Remove chicken from basket. I used a roaster fork and tongs to do this. Let rest 10 Minutes before serving.


Since this post, I have made another chicken for guests flavored with garlic, soy sauce, and fresh orange juice. Both chickens turned out juicy inside and crisp on the outside! So far I’m amazed with this machine. I have some drumsticks in my freezer that I plan to make from frozen and put some BBQ sauce on to crisp up with the air crisp feature.

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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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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 πŸ˜‹

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Carla XOXO