hot, hoT, hOT, HOT!!

I received two jars of honey from Module Markting in exchange for writing a review on the blog.  Opinions are all my own.

Ok it has been hot, hot, hot where I live, oh my gosh so hot! It is so hot it is even hard to think at times, and when it is too hot to even think, the last thing I ever want to do is be on a hot kitchen, which means slow cooker meals. Yesterday's slow cooker meal was a winner in my book, it was honey chicken teriyaki. This recipe was also the perfect opportunity to try New Zealand Happy Valley Honey that I received recently to sample. 

I received the Wildflower Field honey and Clover Field honey. In addition to the cooking with the honey, I sampled it on a honey, only to give it a fair taste, right? It is quite delicious honey, very smooth, very pleasant tasting, and a delicious accompaniment to your buttermilk biscuits, scones, in Greek yogurt with some granola and berries, just to name a few ways. 

To make this very easy, won't heat up your kitchen honey teriyaki chicken, you need 4 boneless chicken thighs or breasts, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar, 2 garlic cloves minced, 1/4 onion, chopped, 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/4 cup water, sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish. 

In your slow cooker, add the chicken. 
In a bowl, combine the honey, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic cloves, onion, pepper and ginger. 

Mix until combined then pour over the chicken. Cook chicken on high for 3-4 hours, or on low 4-5 hours. Once cooked, shred the chicken. Remove the liquid from the slow cooker and pour into a sauce pan. In a small cup add the cornstarch and water until cornstarch is dissolved then add into the slow cooker liquid and stir. Heat up the liquid until it is a thick sauce about 2 minutes, stirring continually. Pour sauce over shredded chicken then serve over a bowl of rice. I sautéed some baby bok toy for some extra crunch and fiber goodness. 

recipe found here


Back to School Clothing Shopping!

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.”

Oh my word, boys clothes, I have discovered are next to impossible to keep looking clean, and keep from looking worn. Certain brands are harder to do this than others and I have discovered that Carter's is quality, Carter's clothing doesn't fade, and Carter's clothes have value. This time of year, I always remember shopping for back to school clothes and even though Caleb isn't going to school yet doesn't mean I can't do a bit of fall clothing shopping for him. My personal shopping motto is how many outfits can I get out of a few pieces, like buying black, khaki, grey and navy blue tops then a few tops that can easily be worn with any of the bottoms. Having pieces that mix and match allows for variety on a tighter budget while being fresh, modern and happy!

Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to stock up on back to school clothes for either your boy or girl as they have $5 doorbuster tees or shorts or even bodysuits for your littlest ones as well as the entire store is 50% off! You can still purchase clothes for your older children as Carter's now carries size 8 and and shoes up to 3 years providing more opportunities to shop for everything you need back to school clothes and shoe-wise at one store! 

If you are looking for extra savings, here is a unique coupon good through Monday!

Caleb wanted to show off some of his back to school clothes! I purchased 3 pairs of pants, 2 button down shirts, 2 striped thermal shirts, 2 sweatshirts and 6 pairs of socks all for $100. Just think of how many great outfits Caleb will be able to wear in the upcoming months while being stylish and wearing quality clothes that will last until he grows out of them!


Crowdsourced Cabernet, your chance to help make a great bottle of wine!

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Did you ever see that I Love Lucy episode where Lucy and an Italian lady are stomping grapes in a vat? Does it ever make you want to participate in the grape stomping process which leads to wine?

 Today's wine making process doesn't involve grape stomping anymore but it does involve you, yup you! Even if you don't live near a vineyard, have access to wine barrels or even grapes, Crowdsourced Cabernet is your chance to select choices that lead to a great bottle of cabernet. So what exactly is Crowdsourced Cabernet? Started in 2014, by Columbia Crest Vineyards, Crowdsourced Cabernet is the opportunity to help create a delicious bottle of wine to serve at your next dinner party or just enjoy a glass by yourself to unwind after a long day. 

Through a series of questions that you, your friends and many other wine drinkers or aficionados vote on how the grapes are tendered, irrigated and harvested. All voting choices are posted at CrowdsourcedCabernet.com.  Want help on how to make your choice? Columbia Crest provides cameras to view the grapes along with weather conditions and updates and seasonal data to help make informed decisions. An acre has been set aside for this fun, people-influenced project by Columbia Crest. This same acre currently growing the grapes for Crowdsourced Cabernet, earned the Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon the No. 1 Wine in the World from Wine Spectator magazine in 2009. 

Additionally, Crowdsourced Cabernet is seeking your vote on who their first Executive Crowdsourcing Officer will be, who will be the ambassador for this exciting new venture and work side by side with the head winemaker Juan Munoz-Oca to help create the vintage 2015. 

Do you love all things wine? Do you love to select what wine will accompany what foods for your friends? Do they secretly call you a sommelier? You could be the next Executive Crowdsourcing Officer, and provide an exciting behind the scenes insight into how the winemaking process really, Voting is currently going on now through Monday, August 24 at CrowdsourcedCabernet.com.

Want to learn more about Crowdsourced Cabernet, the questions presented to the community to help create a fantastic bottle of Cabernet or even enter yourself to be the next Executive Crowdsourcing Officer? Visit Columbia Crest Winery's Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColumbiaCrestWinery, their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/columbiacrestwinery or their Instagram https://instagram.com/columbiacrest/.
So go help make a bottle of cabernet and don't worry about staining your feet by stomping in the grapes afterwards! 


California sunshine

As a mom, you are always looking out for your baby's safety and protection and one of the most important thing is protection against the hot summer sun. Between swinging on the swings, sliding down the slide, being at the beach for a few hours or going to a water park, Caleb and I have definitely had our fair share of fun sun moments. 

Before we head out, I have been protecting his skin with Block Island Organic, a non-toxic skincare sun care product. Specifically, I received from Block Island, the Natural Mineral (zinc only) Sunscreen with SPF 30. 

This company specifically makes skincare products that free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, dyes and artificial fragrances.  They also don't do animal testing and use vegan-based formulas. I liked their sunscreen as it wasn't as thick or goopy as other sunscreens. It has a pleasant smell and we certainly knew at the end of a few hours in the sun that Caleb was protected by the sun's harmful rays. 

Are you interested in this better for you and your baby sun care product? With the sale they currently have and using this code megh prior to check out until August 22, you have the opportunity to try Block Island Organic!


summer dessert and favorite memory

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ASweetSale #CollectiveBias #Albertsons

Are you hungry already? Then read on!

Growing up, one of my favorite summer memories my family did was make chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. They were usually made to accompany a BBQ, which meant friends and neighbors coming over to our house, some burgers or hot dogs and a personal favorite, deviled eggs with Best Foods Mayo. The drink of choice is a nice glass of iced tea. Did you know that Lipton's have cold brew iced tea now? Just put the bag or two of tea into a glass of cold water, wait 5 minutes then done! You have yourself a glass of iced tea! Now back to ice cream, which was a summer time staple with the crunch of the cookie, the smoothness of the chocolate chips and the yummy vanilla ice cream running down your arm as you try and eat it faster than it melts. Yup, that is a summer memory and it reminded me so much of those fun summer days that I made one for myself the other day with Breyers All Natural Vanilla ice cream from Albertsons  or Safeway and some homemade chocolate chip cookies. 

If you ever come over to visit and stay until about 9pm, there will be a familiar sound of the opening of the freezer and my husband scooping himself a big bowl of ice cream. It is a pretty regular routine in the Henning household and on average you will find 2-3 different flavors of ice cream in our freezer although recently we have starting venturing into ice cream bars and during the Albertson's anniversary sale, this is a perfect excuse to try new ice cream treats when they are on sale.  

And because finding a cute baby in the ice cream aisle is just the sweetest thing ;-)

To me, there is nothing like a nice summer night, enjoying the cool of the evening with a bowl of ice cream or an ice cream bar. Whether sitting on a porch, on a swing, or just laying in the summer, ice cream and summer certainly go together and now is the perfect time to grab a gallon of classic vanilla or try something new like a Fruttare Mango bar at the Albertsons Anniversary Sale! You can stock up on your ice cream favorites now until August 11 when their anniversary sale closes.

What favorite memories do you have of summer and ice cream?



I mentioned recently Paperless Post here on the blog. Have you checked them out? Don't you think their e-vites are so cute? Do you know that Paperless Post also has actual paper posts in the form of notecards, announcements for births, save the dates, weddings, invitations for summer BBQs, birthday parties, baby showers, ALL which can be personalized

I got some notecards from them recently and if you noticed my recent obsession with macarons then it is no surprise as to what notecards I selected. The notecards came in cute packaging and these notecards are printed on quality paper, and I mean quality, thick, sturdy, easy to write on, quality!
Do you have an idea of a design for an invitation but don't quite see it on paper? Paperless Post awesome designers can work with you to make your invitations or notecards to match your personal style.

One feature that is so helpful too when ordering invitation is having your return address printed on the envelopes, which I requested on my notecards. It is one less thing to do before mailing out your postcards and it looks more fancy!

If you are looking for professional, polished and very tasteful notecards, invitations or announcements, Paperless Post is what I recommend.


Hydrate up this summer!

 This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerHydration #CollectiveBias

Are you looking for ways to stay hydrated this summer? Coca-Cola and your local Safeway/Vons/Albertson's are here to help with your #SummerHydration. When you buy $10 in participating items (smartwater, vitaminwater, fruitwater, Gold Peak, Honest Tea, and POWERADE) July 1st through July 28th, you will get a $4 coupon at checkout for your next Safeway shopping trip.

Participating products include:

vitaminwater 20oz
vitaminwater 6 pack .5 liter
smartwater 700 mL
smartwater 6 pack .5 liter
Honest Tea 59oz
Gold Peak 64oz

What do you like to drink to stay hydrated this summer?