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Friday, September 19, 2014

We're Serving Breakfast For Dinner!! #FoodieFriday #Recipe

Welcome to another installment of Foodie Friday! I must admit, I'm having fun with this; food is one of my favorite things to write about, because I love making it. Oh yes, and I also enjoy eating it. :)

Today I thought I'd share a recipe for Overnight French Toast with Caramel-Pecan Topping. Think pecan pie filling served on top of french toast!
Earlier this week I made "breakfast for dinner" and it was a huge hit. Even a certain family member - who shall remain unnamed - said that he wasn't excited about the meal when I mentioned it was breakfast foods, but he really enjoyed it! In fact, he had 3 helpings of the meal! So, let's get started...



Overnight French Toast With Caramel-Pecan Topping
Topping Ingredients:
1 cup Brown Sugar
6 T Butter
1/3 cup Whipping Cream
1-1/1 T Lite Corn Syrup
1/2 cup Chopped Pecans

French Toast Ingredients:
3 Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1-1/2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 loaf French Bread, cut into 1/2 - 1 inch slices (you will need 8-10 slices).

Grease a 10x15 pan. Mix all topping ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook until butter is melted and mixture is smooth-do NOT let it boil! Pour into baking pan.

In a shallow dish, mix eggs, milk and vanilla. Dip bread into egg mixture; coat both sides. Place bread over topping in pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (Or, if you're doing this for dinner, prepare in the morning and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.)
Bake at 400ยบ for 15-20 minutes, until toast is golden brown. Let stand 3-5 minutes. Place a large platter over the top of pan, and invert platter and baking dish, so the topping is on top of french toast. Pour any extra topping over the toast. Serve immediately.



Yes, this is delicious! Like, I-know-I-should-only-eat-one-piece-but-it's-so-good-I'm-eating-two! If-and that's a big if-you have any leftovers, simply cover and refrigerate, then reheat in the microwave. For dinner, I also served an egg souffle, but you could pair the french toast with any number of egg dishes. 



If you try the overnight french toast, leave a comment and tell me how you liked it!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

K'NEX 52 Model Building Set



Hey neighbors!

This is so neat!  I received a K'NEX 52 Model set (618 pieces) for review.  If you are a homeschooler, please keep reading.  If you have children, please keep reading!  This set is so much fun!



The 52 Model set is designed for children ages 7 and up.  It comes in one of their red plastic containers.  The thing I like most though is that it comes with 52 different models shown for your child to build, one a week!  Now of course most children I know will be able to build the smaller models much quicker than that.




My daughter and I built the Hummingbird, pretty easy, and then the dinosaur, a bit more difficult.  The model is divided into sections and you work on one section at a time.  Just look at the pictures and follow along.  It was pretty easy.


K'NEX have always been a favorite in our home.  It really comes in handy on a rainy or cold day when you need the children to settle down to some quiet play.  Although this set has 52 models to build, obviously imagination can take over and they can design their own models.




Be sure to follow K'NEX on their social media sites as they often have contests going on and it will allow you to stay on top of new products.  Facebook - HERE  Twitter - HERE  Pinterest - HERE 



For homeschoolers, be sure to check out their K'NEX Education page.  They have science projects and Sample Lesson Plans.  They have lessons from first grade through twelfth grade.



One neighbors will receive a K'NEX 52 Model Set, just like mine!  Hurry up and enter!  Thank you for stopping by today.  See you soon!




Disclosure: I received no monetary compensation for this post.  I did receive product for review purposes.  All quotes in red are taken from the sponsor's email or website.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WorkIt Wednesday : Last Training Update!

Hello Neighbors,

How is everyone doing this evening?  I am trying to get in some packing, but wanted to take a minute to share about our training this week.

SGMA Hall of Fame 5K

Sponsors :
  • BottleBand
  • TrailHeads
  • FitSok
  • Modest Poppy
  • Ozeri
  • Words to Sweat By
  • BolderBands
  • FlipBelt
  • runninGluv
  • MaxFlowSports
  • LaceLockers

Bottle Band is a band that basically turns any bottle into a handheld - great for when running!  We have used this several time during training and it definitely helps having something to hold unto other than the bottle.  I am soo glad that I'll have mine for the 5K.  

TrailHeads sent me a running cap that will be great for the 5K.  My older sister has tried stealing this one, just because of how light and breathable it is.  The white looks great with anything, and helps shade your face from sun or rain!

Sorry for the sweaty pic!  :)

FitSok has seriously become one of my favorite brand of socks. I LOVE the F4 tech socks and the comfort they give, while my sisters like the CF2 JewelPop socks (I think they like the Pop of Color!).  If you are looking for a new pair of socks for running (or any other sport), check out FitSok!
  

This is my favorite skirt/outfit now for sports of any kind.  My only wish is that it was a little bit longer.  It doesn't look bad, just personal preference.  My sisters have both tried buying this off of me.  I love that the leggings are attached to the skirt.  No more having to search for the right length!


As you all know, the Ozeri Pedometer has really helped me track my steps, mileage, etc.  I like that the buttons are big and easy to press, and the belt clip has been GREAT!  



The 5K + Tread Necklace that Words to Sweat By sent me has been quite a motivational product (as well as all the compliments!).  :)  If you know of anyone participating in a race, purchase one of these to help motivate!


I received a BolderBands Headband for review, and as you can tell, my sister really likes it.  She has used it several mornings during training and loves how wide it is.  She said it is the only headband that she can wear without it feeling like it is falling off, or pulling her hair out. 




I received two runninGluvs for review.  I have been using one for training every day, and yep, you guessed it, my sister took the other one!  It has really helped to be able to just reach up and wipe the sweat away, instead of having to slow down and use a sleeve or tissue.  When we were running yesterday I forgot to bring it, and I kept swiping my hand across my face, because I have used this so much.


My sister loves the MaxFlow Sports Athletic Socks we received.  She has decided that those are hers, and she wears them all the time for training.  My dad asked if athletic/sports socks were really made any different than regular socks.  Yes, they are, and they help more than you can imagine!


LaceLockers sent me a pair of their Ladybug LaceLockers.  These are REALLY helpful when running or doing other physical activities (such as volleyball, racquetball, tennis, basketball, etc.)  where your shoes might come un-tied.  No more loose laces!!



This weekend we leave for Pigeon Forge, so I will not be posting a training update.  The race is on the 27th, so I'll probably let you all know the results on WorkIt Wednesday - Oct. 1st.  Be sure to check back for any updates about our trip!



WorkIt Wednesday : LaceLockers Review + Giveaway!

Hello Neighbors!

How is everyone doing this morning?  I am doing GREAT!  We are pretty busy between packing and preparing for our upcoming trip to Pigeon Forge, getting kitty settled in, etc.  Okay, has anyone ever heard of LaceLockers by Stash Sports?


LaceLocker Secure Your Shoe Laces


I never had until recently, but just let me tell you, these are well worth learning about!  Here is a little bit about about how to use your LaceLockers (taken from the LaceLockers website.)...
lacelocker instructionsLaceLocker® Safety Device for Shoes For Kids And Adultslacelocker Prevent Shoe Laces


And yes, they are as easy to use as 1. 2. 3.!  The LaceLockers were made to help keep your shoelaces tied.  How many times have you been running or participating in another sport, and you have to stop and re-tie your laces.  Not with the LaceLockers!


I received a set of White Ladybug Graphic LaceLockers, and they are GREAT for running.  No more loose laces or having to double-knot!  My two sisters, who are also training with me, have decided that they need a pair!



So, the LaceLockers are PERFECT for anybody that has trouble with laces coming un-done.  You can purchase these in a variety of styles on the LaceLockers website.  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date on their latest news.  


Two Winners Will Each Receive 1 Pair of LaceLockers!

LaceLockers has also given me a 15% off code for my Neighbors to use.  
Code : FENCE
Date : September 25th until October 31st, 2014

I received no monetary compensation for this review and giveaway.  I did receive product for review purposes only.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NQC Countdown

Hey neighbors!

We are starting the countdown!  We leave Sunday to head to Pigeon Forge TN, for the 2014 National Quartet Convention!  The girls keep saying, "Guess what?"and then list off how many days there are left.  We will be heading out bright and early and staying over one night along the way.  We have packing, preparing the vehicles and we still have to pick the boys up at the airport Saturday evening.

The girls have a printed schedule for everything they want to do while there.  They are going to Ripley's, the Aquarium, mini-golf, and of course the NQC concerts.  They have been online checking out different restaurants to try while they are there.

Now, my husband and I have different plans.  We will be taking everything just a little slower.  We will go a few places with them, but our schedule is not quite as filled as theirs.

You can be looking for plenty of pictures and information that week.  I will post as often as I can.  One of the Ms will be doing some short interviews for us.  I have a feeling that a few of them might be funny.  She has been preparing questions the last two weeks.

Better go, I have quite a bit to do today!  Be sure to keep entering the giveaways and I will see you soon!  Thanks for stopping by At the Fence.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sweet, Little Kitty and Giveaway



Hey Neighbors!

Since today is our Petacular Monday, I thought I would share our new addition.  She is adorable!  She is a Himalayan and is just 8 weeks old.  We are trying to decide on the perfect name.



She hardly ever has to walk right now because someone is constantly carrying her around with them. She likes to play and is getting along with the Shelties quite well.  At first she just looked at them and hissed.  Having Glory teasing her didn't help any.  Now though she just looks at them and walks off.  She loves to play and chase things.  Remember our Zhu-Zhu pets?  She thinks they are great toys!



Isn't she adorable?  I am sure you will be hearing more about her in the upcoming months!  Now what we would like to do is have some names submitted for consideration.  The name should not be based on a TV show or movie.  We are looking for something feminine and that fits her personality. She is extremely tiny and dainty, yet she is still feisty.  What we would like to do is give away a $10 Gift Card to Petco.


So let's get some ideas flowing!  I am looking forward to the suggestions!  This giveaway will last three weeks instead of two as we are headed to NQC this weekend!  See you soon!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lola Granola A Great Snack

Hey neighbors!

Here is a super, late Foodie Friday post.  Late because I tried publishing from my iPad and it didn't.  I was amazed to still see it labeled as a draft this morning.  Anyway, I was given the opportunity to try the Lola Granola Snack Bars.  They are so good and they are good for you and your family.

The Lola Granola Bars are made with Oats and Honey.  They are a gluten free snack, perfect for students of all ages, moms on the run and dads as they head out to work.  These bars contain no GMOs, soy and are dairy free, with 31 grams of whole grains in each bar.  Unlike many bars on the market, Lola Granola does not add any rice, wheat, corn or soy fillers, hydrogenated oils or refined sugar.  All bars are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and kosher.




I have 6 children and between work, homeschooling, college, TKD classes and just plain old living we are often seen running out the door while grabbing a quick fix for the day.  We all need to start our day of with something to keep us going during our busy day and I hate to see them grab some sugar filled doughnut or other pastry that will cause them to crash later in the morning.  Lola Granola allows you to have a peace of mind when your children grab one of their snack bars instead.



The Lola Granola Story:
Lola Granola Bars are delicious GLUTEN FREE snack bars, packed with natural proteins and omega 3's, but low in sodium and contains no GMOs. Most of our ingredients are sourced in the USA, and some come from Here in the North East like Massachusetts Cranberries, Jersey Blueberries, New York Honey and Gluten Free Oats. 

A few years ago our family hit hard times and we struggled to provide food for our four young children, so we sought help from public assistance and food banks. My husband Ernie was eating junk food to save money so I made him natural granola bars, making sure they were gluten and soy free due to my children's allergies. The kids loved the bars, so did Ernie, and so did his coworkers, who asked to buy some. Lola Granola Bar was born. Named for my 4 awesome children; Ruby, Lola, Ellie, Enzo, and my nephew, Nathan, each of our 5 flavors contain 8 core, all natural, non GMO ingredients.

Because we care, we share Lola Granola Bars with anti-hunger children's back pack programs.
Bee Gr8full Naturally-Mary, Mom and Founder.




You can purchase a 5 bar sampler for $12.50 if you want to try them out.  A box of 12 bars is $27.48.  You can purchase them right on the Loa Granola website.  There is also a list of a few states that have retailers that carry the Lola Granola Bars.  Be sure to check them out on Facebook - HERE and on Twitter - HERE.



Here is a sample of ingredients used in one of the bars.  The Nathan bar: Ingredients: GF Oats, Honey, Flax Seed Meal, Sunflower Seeds, Shredded Coconut, Dried Cultivated Blueberries (pure cane sugar, sunflower oil), Almond, Coconut Oil, Flax Seeds, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon. 




What an easy way to have a healthy grab and go snack in your home.  My children, along with grabbing a snack in the morning,  like to have a snack after school and of course right before they head to TKD class.

One neighbor (continental US only) will receive a Lola Granola Sampler like I did.  You can not win if you have previously won a Lola granola giveaway.  


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall and Febreze

Hey neighbors!

Not sure about you but when fall and cooler weather hits, I get in the mood to have fragrance throughout the house.  I think it is just the time of year.  I want to bake and have cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla and other scents floating through my home.  So...of course I was extremely excited to get the opportunity to try some of the new Febreze Fall scents!




The new Febreze came in an adorable package that I set up in the center of the dining room table.  Helps to get you in the mood!  It is a cute little barn with accessories.  It is what was inside that excited me the most.  Inside was a Febreze NOTICEables Warmer, two different packages of NOTICEables, a Febreze Car vent clip, and a box of fall ideas.





The NOTICEables Warmer has two chambers so you can place two scents in at the same time.  The NOTICEables come packaged with two complimentary scents.  Mine were Vanilla and Sugar, and then Sandalwood and Chai.


We decided that we all like the Sandalwood Chai the best, but they are both wonderful scents.  You can control the amount of fragrance released with the button on the back.


Here is the Car Vent Clip.  You attach the clip to your AC/Heat vent and then the air blowing by disperses the scent.  Ummmmm... Toasted Almond.


Hey neighbors, what scents do you like to have around the home?  Are there any scents that bring back great fall memories, like fall leaves, crisp air, hot cocoa?


I am sharing two of the ideas Febreze sent in our box.  We want to try both of them.  One is Oven S'mores.  A quick, easy way to enjoy a campfire treat.  The other idea is to make some cute burlap coasters.



Fall weather can not come fast enough for me.  I am so looking forward to fall.  Thank you Febreze for encouraging me to think FALL!

Now, not only has Febreze helped me to think fall, but they are going to assist one of my neighbors too by giving away one $15 Walmart Gift Card.  Come on FALL!  You can find Febreze on Facebook - HERE and on Twitter - HERE.

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Febreze.