Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Keebler Simply Made Cookies

I’ll say this here and now so there isn’t any confusion:  I don’t generally like store bought cookies. Okay.  There.  That’s out.  However, I do buy them for my kids to tuck into their lunches because, as a working mom, I don’t always have time to bake fresh.  And when I do, they tend to disappear before the weekend is over. 

So, when I was given the opportunity to try out Keebler’s new Simply Made cookies, I knew my kids would love me forever.  What I didn’t realize is that so would my husband. 

As luck would have it, I already had a package of  Keebler Chips Deluxe cookies in my cupboard so I could make an actual comparison between the two.  While the Chips Deluxe aren’t bad, they’re not my mother’s chocolate chip cookies either.  But then, what is, right?  I was highly surprised, however, when I bit into the Simply Made Chocolate Chip cookie and it tasted like a cookie.  Crisp, flaky, and probably the best pre-packaged cookie I’ve ever had. 

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Until I tried the butter cookies. 

I’ve mentioned this before but my mother is one heck of a baker.  I’ve been raised on homemade cookies and so I’m a bit of a cookie snob, it’s true.  One of her best cookies are her butter cookies.  Buttery, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth yummy.  So, these Keebler Simply Made Butter Cookies were up against tough competition.  Amazingly enough, they not only stood up, they represented, too.  Keebler’s were more crunchy than I was used to, but despite that, they still melted in your mouth like all good butter cookies should.  While my kids preferred the chocolate chip, my husband was all aboard with the butter cookies. 

As a mom, I feel that if I can’t make it myself, I want to be sure I know exactly what’s in what I’m giving my children.  This is where Simply Made really excels – a list of simple ingredients you can easily identify is all that’s included in these cookies.  How can you go wrong with that? 

Keebler Simply Made cookies have been approved by my family, and by me, too, the picky spoiled cookie snob.

~TCL (which today stands for the crazy cookie lady)

Disclaimer: I am a member of BzzAgent and received coupons in order to try out these products for free in exchange for a fair review.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Divided Loyalties

And to make matters worse, I wasn’t even sure where I should post this blog because it’s spurred by a book, but I’m going to talk about movies and TV shows, but it’s also just a bunch of senseless babble… because of that last bit, I thought I’d put it here.  So, there you have it.

Anyway… my point and I do have one…

More and more lately, I’ve discovered myself rooting for the wrong side of the fight.  The crazy man, the psychopath, the serial killer.  Why does this happen to me?  I’m not even sure.  When I watch shows like Bones or Supernatural, I’m solidly behind Seeley and Tempe or Sam and Dean.  But when I start watching slasher films and reading thrillers?  Sadly, I find myself wanting the bad guy to win.


Case in point: I just finished reading Impulse by Debra Webb.  In this second novel, the serial killer mentioned here and there by Jess Harris in Obsession arrives in Birmingham, looking for Jess… Eric Spears is a bona fide crazy man, but for some odd reason, I liked him.  A lot.  Probably more than I should have.  Now, I’ll be the first to admit that at least part of this comes from the fact that he’s described as being a blue-eyed blond who is excessively wealthy and always immaculately dressed.  Why does this matter?  Because it reminds me of one of my favorite actors (who loves playing serial killer roles it seems), Warren Kole.  But also, because this description so perfectly fits his role of Wes Mitchell on Common Law. 


Do you see my dilemma here?   

So, while I know he’s a very, very bad man, I can’t help but giggle with glee every time he manages to elude the police.  Is that bad of me?  I don’t even know.  And quite honestly, I’m not sure I care.  Why?  Because I’m immensely enjoying this series and I cannot wait to dig into book #3, Power

There’s definitely some kind of missing connection in my brain, I think. 

While watching The Following on Fox, I have mixed emotions.  For the most part, I’m completely behind Ryan Hardy and the FBI.  They are the good guys, Kevin Bacon is awesome, and Joe Carroll is a very, very bad guy too.  And then they threw Roderick at me and all was lost.  But then, it is Warren Kole yet again, playing that beautiful psychopath that he’s so good at.  Even so, he’s not just a serial killer/bad guy/crazy ass… he’s a freaking sheriff too!  Ooooh… my deluded little heart can’t take any more of this!  Such conflicting emotions, has I!  *loves the big bad very evil sheriff*

roderick here I feel normal

Wait… where was I?  Oh, right.  *coughs*  Bad guys.  It’s funny when I think about my adoration of these fictional crazies.  A lot of people would say it’s the alpha-male thing, but I disagree.  I also disagree with the idea that it’s a bad boy thing, as well.  Alpha males turn me off.  In the romance novels I’ve read, they always come off as bullying, pushy men with some kind of underlying issue of confidence.  And bad boys haven’t ever been my thing, either.  While they’re nice to look at, they’re not practical nor are they ‘safe’.  Fun, yeah, I’m sure they are.  But I’m not the excitable type.  LOL

What I do think it is, as disturbing as this is to me, is the physical, hands-on aspect most of these serial killers have with their victims.  They touch their victims, they maim their victims… it’s all rather intimate in a sickening Freud-gone-wrong sort of scenario.  (Although, I have no doubt that Freud probably had his own opinions on this matter… he is the one who said a bite is nothing more than a sodo-erotic kiss after all…).  In addition to that, most of these crazies psychologically torment their victims which, as a one-time psychology student fascinates me.  The teasing, the taunting, the game playing… it all ratchets the suspense up a notch or two. 

Or, maybe I need help? 

Eh, I guess we’ll have to wait and see, huh?


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Reason #372 Why Tumblr and Work Don’t Mix

So, there I was, scrolling Tumblr, ogling this gifset of Dean and Sam Winchester dressed as priests (and let me tell you, the election of the new Pope has really brought out all the times Dean and/or Sam have ever, ever in the history of Supernatural dressed as clergy…) when the phone rings.

So, like the good little receptionist that I am, I take one last look at Dean stuffing his face and answer.  After getting the caller’s name, company and who they are calling for, I glance back at my screen briefly before getting up and going into my boss’ office, where I proceed to say:

“Burt, Dean Win—crap, sorry, Joe Schmo is on line one.”

To my boss’ credit… he didn’t even bat an eye before saying, “Dean or Joe?”


It’s official. I am an idiot. 

Also: I’m watching entirely too much Supernatural these days.


(Thanks for having my back on this, Travis)

Post Script: I keep watching that pouty lip and I can’t stop laughing…

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Café Escapes: Adventure in a k-cup…


Okay, so maybe not quite.  However, these little k-cups are pretty darn awesome.  I’m a working mom and you all know what that means right?  Between the kids, my husband and the cat I have little to no time for ME.  Quiet time is at a premium because, even when the cat’s asleep?  The hamster’s not.

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(You thought I was kidding, didn’t you?)

But I digress.

Early mornings are my haven.  I hate getting up at o’dark thirty to hit the gym, but I do it because it’s one of the few things I do for me.  And the first thing I do after returning from the gym?  Well, after the requisite shower, of course?  I brew myself a cup of something yummy.  Coffee.  And then I queue up the next in a long line of Supernatural episodes… what?  I’m only like seven seasons behind guys. 

So, needless to say, this recent Bzzkit was a godsend.  Because my early morning quiet time just got that much better. 

When I was gifted with my Keurig two Christmases ago, one of the things I got was a box of Café Escapes Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate.  Approximately four days later, the entire box was empty.  Why?  Because the Keurig is so easy to use that my kids caught right on and proceeded to deplete my stash of hot chocolate.  Darn them anyway!

As you can imagine, I was very anxious to dive into my sampler boxes and begin my journey.  But what do I start with?  Mocha?  Caramel?  Vanilla?  I went for the Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate.


(Let me thank Mischief for allowing me the use of her mug for this shot)

Now, I don’t normally go for hot drinks at all.  I’m weird like that.  But  I have an unrequited love for dark chocolate anything so I knew this had to be my first taste.  I wasn’t disappointed either.  Rich, creamy, decadently chocolately, it was the perfect cup of hot chocolate.  Well, almost.


 (I have issues, okay?  Don’t judge.)

There.  Now that’s the perfect cup of hot chocolate.  One Café Escapes Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate k-cup topped with homemade chocolate whipped cream and a pinch of chocolate sprinkles.  How could my morning get any better?

But seriously, I’m getting carried away here.  On to the other flavors!  Keurig, ahoy!

The Café Caramel was probably my most favorite.  I know for a fact it is my 11-year-old’s favorite as she sat eyeing the remaining k-cup last night.  It’s just sweet enough to be an after dinner treat, but not so sweet you want to dump it out after three sips either.  Mischief likes hers hot, but I discovered they’re very tasty cold as well. 

The Café Vanilla and Café Mocha are also real winners.  Over ice, the Café Vanilla is reminiscent of a vanilla milkshake.  Very good with a bowl of Cheerios in the morning.  The Café Mocha is just plain good any time of the day.  With breakfast, after dinner, or at 2 in the afternoon when you need that little pick-me-up. 

I will admit that I did not try the Chai Latte because truthfully?  I’m not a fan of Chai.  However, I did pass that sample k-cup on to a friend who I know will appreciate it.  A lot.  And since she’s only just gotten her first Keurig?  I gave her coupons and a list of my favorite blends to go scavenge for.  ‘Cause I’m helpful that way.

Anyway… let me sum up… these Café Escapes k-cups, both the coffee flavors and the hot chocolates, are a great indulgent treat that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth or just your need to pamper yourself with something special.  They’re great to keep on hand for those times when you just want something a little bit different.  Or, for those times that come more often… those moments when you need to make the kids happy.  Hah. 

So, go forth and treat yourself… and more importantly, enjoy those quiet moments while you can still grab them.


Disclaimer: I am a member of BzzAgent and received coupons in order to try out these products for free in exchange for a fair review.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Glade Expressions® Fragrance Mists & Oil Diffusers

I’ve long been a fan of Glade’s many fragrances and varied options for livening up your home.  Over the years, I’ve used their candles, sprays, and always love to try their new fragrances.  I was very happy to be able to experience these two new products. 

First up is the Glade Expressions® Oil Diffuser.


Pretty, isn’t it?  I love the simple design and the ease with which it comes together.  The refills are easy to use and install and the fragrance is wonderful.  I will say this, it was a bit strong when I first set it up, but within an hour or so, it had mellowed out to a nice level.  I picked the Pineapple & Mangosteen scent as I prefer fresh, fruity scents. 

Next is the Glade Expressions® Fragrance Mist.


I think the streamlined, simple design is perfect.  Pretty and unobtrusive, you can let it sit out amongst the décor without detracting from anything.  My favorite thing about this is that it lets out a nice, fine mist as opposed to the harsh blasts of spray you get out of most air fresheners.  That’s a big plus when you have a paranoid cat who runs for the hills anytime you spray anything.  Again, I picked the Pineapple & Mangosteen scent as it was what the family chose.  It gives the house a light, fresh feel and doesn’t disturb the already disturbed cat, which is always important. 

Amusing side story.  One of my children, who shall remain nameless for the moment, put a container of Easy Mac into the microwave this morning.  However, in doing so, she also managed to forget to add the water.  Needless to say, my kitchen and living room reeked of burnt macaroni this morning.  I have never been so thankful for Glade products as I was this morning. 

Disclaimer: I am a member of BzzAgent and received coupons in order to try out these products for free in exchange for a fair review.