Things She Tries: Ice Ball Mold (Review)

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I am obsessed with ice. I put ice in all of my beverages, even orange juice. I use a lot of ice to get and keep my drinks cold, so Instead of making ice at home, I usually buy bags of ice at the grocery store, but recently I got to try an ice ball mold to make ice at home.  The product is designed for making large perfectly round ice balls to make great looking drinks for parties. What I love about the ice ball is that it helps keep my beverage cold longer and I don’t get the rapid ice cube melting, which can water down drinks.

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I’m also impressed with the quality of the product. The ice ball mold is made of safe and flexible silicone, which means the ice ball is easy to release from the mold. The silicone molds come in a pack of 3 and include a silicone funnel in the pack.The funnel can be used to fill the molds without mess or spilling your choice of liquid, it is also useful for other applications in the kitchen. The molds have fill lines printed on them so that they can be easily filled with the correct amount of liquid.

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Ice balls make for an attractive addition to drinks if you are entertaining and they are also perfect for whisky drinkers. I’m not a drinker myself, but I’ve had a thing for drinking the non-alcoholic Roy Rodgers ever since my friend introduced me to it at a club.  I recently started making my own diet version of the drink at home.  I’m including a bonus recipe below.

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Diet Roy Rodgers (like diet cherry coke, but better)

2 tsp Grenadine syrup

1 can Diet Coke (you can use regular cola for a full calorie version)

2 Maraschino cherries

1 Ice ball

  1. Pour a dash of grenadine syrup into a cocktail glass over ice ball
  2. Pour in the cola and mix with a spoon or straw
  3. Garnish with two maraschino cherries to serve

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Verdict:  I’m a fan of this product. The ice ball mold is great for creating ice that will fancy up drinks for entertaining, and keep beverages cold. You can also use it to make ice for your dog’s water bowl, as dogs have fun playing with ice balls and an ice ball will help cool down the water temperature on a hot day.

To find out more, or purchase your own ice ball mold, visit http://www.ice-ball-mold.com

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Things She Tries: Pineapple Slicer

It’s officially summer and that means I’m craving fruit. Growing up in California meant I was fortunate enough to have delicious fruit year round, but living in NY, I’ve found that I really have to wait until summertime to get good fruit. This summer I am completely obsessed with fresh pineapple. I love everything about fresh pineapple except trying to cut it. I’ve seen Youtube vidoes and pictures on Pinterest about how to successfully cut a pineapple, but nothing seemed to work too well, so I decided to buy a pineapple slicer.

I ended up buying two pineapple slicers (yes, I’m that serious about my fresh pineapples). I bought the first one at T.J. Maxx because I had been eyeing pineapple slicers online and I was excited to find one for only $6. I got the second one from nomorerack.com.

The pineapple slicer from T.J. Maxx seemed surprisingly complicated at first.  Of course the package came with a couple of pictures indicating how the pineapple slicer should be used, but of course I didn’t look at them, so it took a few minutes before I figured out that I had to cut the top and bottom of the pineapple off then cut the pineapple in half before I could actually get to work cutting it.  Once I mastered the first step, I moved to the second one of pushing the slicer down through the pineapple. I quickly found a serious problem with this slicer – it just isn’t sharp enough to easily cut through a pineapple. I had to do a lot of work wiggling the slicer back and forth to get it to cut through the pineapple. And once I got to the bottom of the pineapple, it was hard to separate the pineapple from the slicer. All the pushing and wiggling created a juicy mess on my cutting board, but I was able to get a cored and peeled chunk of pineapple that was easy to cut.

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When my second pineapple slicer arrived from nomorerack, I thought it wasn’t going to be much better than the first one. Nomorerack sells discount products that are often off brand and it can be a hit or miss. I assumed this pineapple slicer was going to be a miss. It looked cheap and unfinished. But I was presently surprised when I tried using it for the first time. Unlike the other slicer that involved a bit of pineapple pre-cutting, I only had to cut off the top of the pineapple to use this slicer. After cutting off the top, I just pushed the slicer down on the pineapple and twisted. The slicer went right through the pineapple without much pressure or effort. Once the slicer got to the bottom of the pineapple all I had to go was gently pull up on the handle and the pineapple came right out of the shell. The handle of the slicer comes apart, so the pineapple can easily slide off the slicer.  This slicer was much more efficient than the first slicer and there was a lot less work and mess involved. It also leaves the shell in tact, which is great if you want to use it as a serving vessel at a party.

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I’m going to keep both pineapple slicers, but I’ll definitely be using the second one more often.

First Impressions: Palmolive Fresh Infusions

When it comes to washing dishes, most of the time I use whatever dish soap is cheap. If I have a regular brand, I would say it’s Dawn because that’s what my family always used growing up. But recently I had the opportunity to try Palmolive Fresh Infusions dish soap and I think I’m sold. I’ve been a member of Influenster for a while, but I finally got selected for my first VoxBox a few weeks ago. Needless to say I was super excited to get to try Palmolive Fresh Infusions dish soap. Never receiving a VoxBox before, I was surprised to find three full sized bottles of dish soap when I opened the box.

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Palmolive Fresh Infusions comes in three different scents: Lemon Thyme, Ginger White Tea and Lime Basil. All three of the scents smelled amazing, but Lime Basil was my favorite because it was just the right clean citrus scent and smelled fresh and crisp without being over powering. The Lemon Thyme also smells really nice and clean. I’d say the Ginger White Tea was my least favorite scent because it was quite fruity and smelled a little too sweet.

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I also really loved the look of the bottles. They are very sleek and stylish. They definitely add a sophisticated pop of style to my kitchen sink area. So far, my first impression of Palmolive Fresh Infusions is a very positive one!

Facon Pita Sandwich

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Thanks to BzzAgent I was recently able to try MorningStar farms veggie products. I love the veggie burgers and chik patties, but my favorite recipe using MorningStar farms products is a veggie bacon sandwich on pita bread with cucumbers and tomatoes.

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I started my sandwich by microwaving four strips of MorningStar Farms veggie bacon. You can also cook the veggie bacon on the stove if you prefer.

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While the veggie bacon was cooking for 90 seconds, I cut up a cucumber and half a tomato and put them inside of a pita pocket. Then I put a little mayonnaise inside as well.

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By that time the veggie bacon was done cooking and had a little time to cool. I just slid it inside of the pita pocket and put a handful of baked potato chips on my plate for a delicious lunch!