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Wonder Grill Silicone Burger Press

This post is for all the foodies out there.

While I love all types of foods, one thing that I think I will never grow tired of is one of Americas favorite food.  That all American Hamburger.  And while many places can make a mean burger.  There is times I rather just make my own at home.

So, not sure if it is a Kentucky thing, but most of the time we just grab a bunch out of the pack and make our own patties.  Sometimes this results in huge too thick burgers or just a plate of awkward burgers.  It also means some is larger then others, some is raw or some is burnt. 

While there is other burger presses on the market.  My favorite to date is one I got for review.  It is a silicone one from wonder grill.  Along with this silicone press they even include a food umbrella that is perfect for cook outs.


While I haven’t cooked out in a while now, I do like to have burgers pressed out and ready to grab.  Sure, you can buy frozen hamburger patties but do you always know what your getting with those?  With this easy to use press, I can put whatever type of meat I want in there.  Turkey burger, lean or fat.  I am in control and I like that!

I have been using mine and it works good.  I press out the patties, throw wax paper in between them, put them in the freezer bag and freeze them.  They are easy to get apart.  The press itself is easy to use and easy to clean.  It is available on Amazon

  • BEST VALUE: 7 burger patties in 1 tray AND a Pop-up mesh food cover tent to keep food clean and fly free.Press and stuff 7 quarter pound burger slider at a time (each container holds approx. 2 pounds)
  • SUPERIOR QUALITY: Our non stick burger patty press is FDA approved, BPA free silicone container, Dishwasher and Oven safe up to 400 F. The Best of the Hamburger presses and petty makers.


  • MULTI PURPOSE: For baking cookies, Healthy hash browns, Individual Quiches or use it as food container and Freeze Hamburger sliders,Stuffed burgers,Chili,Meat Sauces or any soft foods to portion out
  • BUILT-IN GRILL MARKS: Your hamburger sliders will have a great authentic look,will stay flat and cook evenly. Each burger patty individually seals to prevent freezer burn.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: Guarantee that you are fully satisfied with Wonder burger patty maker and food container or get your money back, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.100% RISK FREE. Buy it now while in stock



DISCLAIMER:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Stainless Steel Bottle Koozie Insulator

I can remember when I was younger, my favorite thing was drinking a coke/pepsi out of a glass bottle.  I don’t remember if they were 12 or 16 ounces, but they were a treat.  At that point in my life I guzzled and didn’t sip.  Now as an adult, I tend to drink more slowly.  This can sometimes cause those 12 ounce bottles to get warmer then I like.  As with any problem, this is a solution.

The solution I have found is to keep my bottles in this 12 oz stainless steel bottle insulator. If you are looking to get a flask check out this Hydro Flask and Yeti comparison.  It works for any 12 ounce bottle.  soda, beer – anything!  I put one in there to test it out and the bottle did stay cool all day.  I had no problem putting the bottle in it or taking it out.  It is safe in there. 


beer cooler

Here is more about it from the company:


  • THE BEST BOTTLE INSULATOR – This Stainless Steel Bottle Insulator is 100% BPA free with neoprene lined internals which helps maintain a low temperature for your bottle as well as keeping it safe and secure. You wont be breaking any bottles with this Insulator! Our easy to fit screw top also has an inner sealing function which conceals open bottles preventing any spills. It won’t rust, won’t weaken or break. We’ve meticulously designed this Insulator to serve you for years to come.
  • EXCLUSIVE AMAZON GIFT SET – One Premium Quality 12 Oz 304 Stainless Steel Bottle Insulator + One Steel Bottle Opener for your convenience + One Home Brewing Recipe and Information eBook + One Stylish Perfectly Fitting Gift Box which include cleaning instructions. It’s a perfect gift for Birthdays, Groomsmen, Fathers Day, Christmas, Fraternities, Beer Enthusiasts, Brothers, Campers and Hunters.
  • THE MOST DISCREET ‘WATER BOTTLE’ – One of the coolest features, it looks like a water bottle… If there are circumstances when you don’t want to be seen drinking, this is the perfect solution.
  • UNIVERSAL FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR USE – The Stainless Steel construction makes it a highly durable and essentially indestructible thermos. Its ideal for outdoor activities such as, going to the beach, camping, hunting, BBQ’s, fishing, tailgating, hiking, travelling, parties, golfing, soccer, baseball or just chilling at home.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE! – We are so confident that you will fall in love with our Bottle Insulator but if for any reason you aren’t completely satisfied, no problems! Just send it back because we offer a MONEY BACK GURANTEE which makes this a risk free purchase. Order now to put us to the ultimate test.


This is a really nice set and is very giftable.  It is available on Amazon:

DISCLAIMER:  I received the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions were 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Funcake 30 in one cake decorating supply tips

Here is the million dollar question.  Do you like to eat cake, make cake or both?  I would have to say I love to eat cake!  But I have always wanted to be able to decorate a cake like I see in the bakery.  My Mom could do a great job as well as my younger Sister.  I never had the patience when I was younger.  Now that I am middle aged I haven’t given up.  I have a couple sets of cake tips that I practice with.

Recently I was sent another set to review.

This was a really nice set!  It is available on Amazon for only $11.90.  When I seen the price I thought that they wouldn’t be that good.  But this set of tips is really nice.  It comes with everything you would need.  Even a nice case with dividers.  Along with all the special tips, bags and case, they also offer a year warranty.  For $11.90 who can argue with that?

These tips I am talking about are from Funcake..  It is a 30 in one cake decorating supply tips.  It is so far the only kit with a year guarantee. 



Here is more about it

  • FREE FROSTING GUIDE AND USER MANUAL! – No other kit has it! learn how to use the tips properly, what each tip is looks like and cool ways to piping your cakes!
  • 2 SILICONE PASTRY BAGS – Our kit is the only to deliver 2 high-quality silicone pastry bags! Bags are 12-inch in length and easy to clean and grip!
  • IDEAL FOR CUPCAKES AND COOKIES! – Use a variety of 24 different tips made from a strong stainless steel that don’t get bent or misshapen.
  • 2 EASY TO SCREW COUPLERS – Each kit comes with 2 reusable plastic couplers that makes life so much easier when it’s time for changing tips!



In my opinion it is really worth it.  Would make a perfect present for yourself or the baker in your life.

Now tell me… Do you like to eat cake, bake cakes or decorate cakes????


Disclaimer:  I was sent the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours

Russian Piping Tips – 15 Piece Set of Large Stainless Steel Cake Decorating Tips

Art comes in all kinds of forms.  Drawing, Singing, Painting, Photography, Dancing and even cooking.  It depends on the person and what they enjoy or what they have time to enjoy. 

I know a lot of Wives that has talent in several of these areas, but due to work and raising a family, they have to put their dreams on hold.  Their hobbys on the back burner.  I have also seen these same women, turn their talents into food art.  The internet is full of “foodies” and all their delicious and gorgeous food creations!

Do you ever sit there watching those videos and think you would like to try that?  If I was to start following something – I would end up steering in my own direction and make the recipe my own.

I will admit, I have more fails when it comes to food recipes, then I have successes.  One thing I can play with and not do major harm to is cakes or cupcakes.  There is all kinds of fun pans and molds and different things I can do with these recipes.  I can even play around at decorating them. 

One thing I now own is Russian Piping tips. This is a 15 piece set of cake tips that can be used in several ways. 


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Here is more about them from the company:

  • RUSSIAN PIPING TIPS: Imagine making your icing and pastry decorations pop! With these russian piping tips you can easily make tulips, roses, and drop flowers like a professional.
  • FUN TO USE: With these professional-grade nozzles and icing pastry piping tips, you will be making beautiful butter cream flowers easily. A single squeeze on your icing bag produces frosting from the decoration tip and you can create an entire gorgeous flower bud in full bloom.
  • FDA APPROVED: Our Russian piping tips are made from the highest quality food grade 304 stainless steel and are seamlessly welded. These highly durable icing decoration and pastry nozzles tips are FDA approved and dishwasher safe.
  • ULTIMATE ICING DECORATIONS E-BOOK: Unleash your creativity, included with our cake decorating tip set you will find an e-book comprised of the most stunning icing decorations tips and tricks available today!
  • CUSTOMER SATISFACTION: Culinary Genius prides ourselves on offering our valued Amazon customers 100% lifetime satisfaction moneyback guarantee!

These tips are available on Amazon for around $14.99.

This is a nice set to have around. I really have no complaints.  They are worth the price they are charging and something every foodie needs in their kitchen.


cake tips 3



Disclaimer:  The item discussed in this post was sent to me in exchange for me sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Classique Butter Knife and Honey Dipper

I am sure many of us has heard the expression, “He/She knows where His/Her bread is buttered”.   I thought of that saying when I seen this higher end butter knife/honey dipper set. 

In a nice black gift box you will find a nice, heavy butter knife.  On the tip is a tiny hole.  On one side is like a slicer on the opposite side is tiny holes.  No matter if you want a bit of butter or a lot of butter – or if you want to make your butter fancy – this knife will do it.

Now I said high end.  To me it was a nice knife that would be a perfect gift for a wedding shower or even a housewarming party.  At 20 plus dollars it isn’t bad for a gift.  I do have to say that I have never spent over $20.00 on a butter knife.  I think that is more up to the individual.




The knife works well.  John didn’t care for the side with the holes in it.  He said too much butter stays in their holes and wastes it.  For me I like the side with the holes.  I think it is a perfect way to fancy up ordinary things.

I am focusing mainly on the knife.  I think it is the star of this set.  Don’t get me wrong.  The honey dipper is nice and does what a honey dipper does.  It is something we will use quite a bit.  John eats honey just about once a day so it will be useful. 

Classique Butter Knife Spreader and Honey Dipper Set is available on Amazon.  Here is more from the company:

  • New Innovative combo tool with multiple functions. A spreader, grater, slicer and curler so that you can get the exact amount of butter you want. It is ergonomically designed to feel extremely comfortable in your hand. Made with top grade stainless steel so guaranteed no rusting, dishwasher safe and long lasting.
  • The Grater shape has been explicitly designed for butter and to avoid sharp edges so cleanup is safe and easy. It has a wider blade which helps to collect the grated butter to provide more surface area for easy spreading.
  • The holes on the butter knife are ideal for cold butter, spreading is much easier without leaving unappetizing holes in the bread. Say goodbye to hard clumps of butter ripping apart your morning toast.
  • Honey Dipper made from wood that allows for the perfect drizzle in your tea, or on toast and biscuits. Great for pulling honey out of the honey jars
  • Comes in a decorative gift box to make it more demanded for gift to your friends and family. Add butter & honey special tools in your kitchen today.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the item discussed in this posting in exchange for testing and sharing only my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

How much do you think is too much for a good butter knife? Let me know in the comments below!

Infused Water Pitcher: Shatterproof

What is your favorite beverage?

I drink a lot of pop and I know that isn’t healthy for me. Even the diet drinks that I try to reach for isn’t doing my body good. Now that this infused water pitcher has came into my life, I have options.

I can keep a pitcher of water in the fridge and in the middle I can put my favorite fruit. I can make tea with lemon in the middle. I can make fresh lemonade and add fresh lemons to the middle. When I have that ready to grab, I reach less for the diet cola that I can’t stop buying.

infused pitcher 8

This is a nice pitcher. Not only does it motivate me to drink healthier. It is just an all around great pitcher. It is shatter proof. While I was too chicken to accidentally drop it on purpose, I can feel how thick and sturdy it is made.

I love it and would suggest it to anyone in the market for a new pitcher.

infused pitcher 7

Disclaimer:  I was sent the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Low Profile Upright/Side Iced Tea Pitcher with Removable Strainer – 2.3 Quarts

There is nothing I like more then a nice gallon of sun tea! 

A nice glass of iced tea has always been a hit in our family.  I remember as a child making the tea was one job I always had.  Now 40 something I realize standing there stirring the tea while my Mom cooked, is a memory I will always treasure. 

We didn’t always have sun tea.  We boiled a lot on the stove or ran it through our coffee pot.  Later on we even had a tea maker.  One that you put the ice in and it brews. 

The reason I am talking tea tonight is because of a certain pitcher that came into my life.  It is the low profile Upright/Side iced tea pitcher with removable strainer.


Here is what it is:

  • ✔ PLENTY OF ROOM – Holds 2.3 Quarts (over 8 servings) of water, juice, tea, & more – Measures 6.4 x 4.3 x 12 inches – Innovative design makes it easy to to make, serve, & store your favorite beverages
  • ✔ TEA FLEXIBLE – Removable fine mesh tea strainer lets you use a variety of styles of tea: loose leaf, bagged, pearls, etc…
  • ✔ FIT IT WHERE YOU WANT – Flat & slim design allows you to store it standing up or on its side without leaking or rolling around – Store it your fridge’s shelf, vegetable drawer, side panel, etc…
  • ✔ HANDLES THE HEAT – Made from advanced heat resistant BPA-Free SAN plastic that allows you to safely pour boiling water or other high temperature liquids directly inside
  • ✔ EASY TO CLEAN – Wide opening body & removable strainer makes for easy & thorough cleaning by hand or save time & use the dishwasher (it’s dishwasher safe)

It really is all that and more.  I was pleasantly surprised when it came in.  It is made of a durable plastic.  I wanted to really test it out, but I was scared to lay it sideways.  I did anyway.  I was happy to find out no leaking!

While I talked tea mainly in this post, this works for any beverage of your choice.  Kool Aid, Lemonade, Tea or just water.  Your choice!  I like this pitcher and if your looking for a new one, I would suggest this one!

Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this post in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.

Pro Chef has a perfect colander/strainer!

If you do any cooking, you will know that one thing that you need is a colander.  I have some plastic ones and even a bamboo one.  But I wanted a stainless steel one.  A colander is something I don’t think of when I am out shopping but when I go to drain something I wish I had of!  My chance to own a stainless steel one came in the form of a review.

Pro Chef had one they wanted to send me to test out. 


This is a nice one.  I like it for many reasons.  It is a 3 quart one, so a perfect size for John & Me.  It has wide handles and big ones at that.  This makes for easy holding.  It even has a nice base that not only gives it a nice look,but keeps it sturdy when sitting in my sink.  Another thing I like about this colander/strainer is the holes in it.  I don’t have to worry about food slipping through the holes because they are too large. 

This one cost $15.95 on Amazon. In my opinion this is a good price. Anything that is quality made is, and this is one of those things. 


Here is more about it from the company:

  • A NECESSITY FOR ANY KITCHEN Whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned pro, you need a colander you can rely on. This 3 Quart Stainless Steel Round Colander from Pro Chef Kitchen Tools is designed for all of your culinary needs.
  • IMPROVES SAFETY AND REDUCES FOOD WASTE The kitchen is often home to many spills and accidents, some of which can be very dangerous.
  • PERFECT FOR PALEO DIETS If you’re a fan of the protein-heavy, low-carb paleo diet then this 3 quart colander is definitely for you. Use it to wash and prepare fresh vegetables.
  • FITS INTO ANY STYLE OF DÉCOR This 9 inch diameter, professional quality 18/10 stainless steel three quart colander is practically indestructible. Safe for the dishwasher, the colander is also highly resistant to rust and scratches.
  • ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT OR WE’LL GIVE YOU A FULL REFUND! Try it today and buy with confidence with our simple, hassle-free, no-questions-asked 100% MONEY BACK SATISFACTION GUARANTEE! If for any reason you aren’t happy or not experiencing the results you expected, we will immediatly refund your full purchase price. Our premium quality home goods are manufactured to the quality standards of the demanding American consumer.



Disclaimer:  I received the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may or may not differ from yours.

Love Omelets? Then you Might Love this pan!

From childhood until even now, one of my favorite breakfast foods was the scrambles my Mom used to make.  These were just scrambled eggs poured in a skillet of crumbled sausage or bacon.  They were fast and easy and oh so good. 

But then there is the Omelet.  Kind of like a sophisticated scramble.  Not so messy looking and looks pretty on a plate.  Not everyone can do this.  I learned how to do one at the age of 19.  I was working 3rd shift at a truck stop as a cook.  I had no idea how much people loved their omelets until then.  Especially around 2:30 and 3:00 am when the bars were closing.

I did learn how to do a decent omelet, but once I stopped working there I had no need to do it anymore.  I had lost the hang of it.


That brings me to now.  I recently was sent an omelet pan to test out.  This is a skillet.  It is 2 half moons.  that closes on top of each other.  You just flip it over when one side is done.  This way you don’t risk tearing up that pretty omelet. 

I tried it out.  I believe with practice it may work good.  But I had a couple problems.  I think I flipped it too soon and some egg leaked out.  I decided I needed to leave the opposite side a bit longer on the burner and ended up with a golden brown omelet.  At least on the one side. 

The skillet itself is nice one.  It doesn’t stick and wipes out great.  It looks nice, is heavy and just well made.  I believe it will last a long time.  It may not be something I would personally just buy myself.  But is really worth a mention for the omelet lovers out there. 

While I discussed omelets this is also good for a variety of other things.  The folded side could serve as a lid for anything you are making.

If you are a foodie you should really go to Amazon and check this Omelet pan from TECHEF out!  While your there you can learn more about it by reading other peoples reviews. 

DISCLAIMER:  I was sent the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.


A great leak proof Bento Lunch Box

I am a collector of plastics. I feel like you just can’t have too many storage containers, boxes etc.

This Bento Lunch Box is now my favorite box for saving leftovers in. John and I tend to always have leftovers after dinner. With this box I can have leftovers for lunch the next day.





The lid fits perfectly on it. I love how the sides snap down securing a tight fit and leak proof at that.

It holds quite a bit, each compartment is deeper. What really impressed me was how I could put spaghetti sauce in one compartment, spaghetti in the larger compartment and meatballs in the 3rd. This kept it separated until I was ready to heat it (in the microwave) –

Clean up is just as easy in the dishwasher.

If you are a collector of plastics. Have leftovers or tend to pack your lunch, this is a great bento lunchbox. I have to say one of the best I have owned so far.

Info from the company:

  • HIGH QUALITY: ★ 100% Leakproof ★ 3 separated leakproof compartments ★ Food safe plastic ★ BPA and lead free ★ Meets FDA standards ★ Adults and children ★ Boys or girls.
  • DURABLE: ✓ Reusable ✓ Microwave, dishwasher & freezer safe.
  • DIMENSIONS: 9.5 x 6.2 x 2.2 inches COMPARTMENTS: 3 1/2 cups: 1 1/3 cups, 1 cup.
  • HEALTHIER: Use for healthy snack storage and salad to go or make portion control meals for weight loss – Perfect for freezing toddler and baby food.
  • SAVE TIME & MONEY: Meal prep is easy for adults and kids – Eco friendly all in one tupperware with no need for sandwich bags or a single use disposable container, plate or tray – Combine with a backpack or a cooler bag for a school or office lunchbox.

DISCLAIMER:  I did receive the item discussed in this posting in exchange for sharing my unbiased opinion of it.  All opinions are 100% my own and may or may not differ from yours.


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