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Bee Sili Silicone Oil & Sauce Bottle & Basting Brush—Product Review

I LOVE silicone!

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Lemon Zester Cheese Grater—Product Review

I LOVE to cook! I especially love handy gadgets that make cooking easier. I already have a cheese grater at home…but it’s bulky, not very sharp, and just seems to make a mess of things!

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24 Grazia Baking Cups—Product Review

I tried silicone baking pans in the past…and not had the best I was a teeny bit skeptical to try these baking cups! Wait ’til you find out what we made!

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Jiva Organics Black Mustard Seeds — Product Review

I was recently given the opportunity to try Whole Black Mustard Seeds from Jiva Organics for free! woo hoo! I love making homemade sauces, mustards, dressings and stuff. It gives me a chance to put my own spin on my favorite foods, and when I make it myself, I know exactly what’s going into it!

I ordered this on Amazon, and it came to me quickly, in a really good-sized 7 oz. bag, that costs only $6.95. You can buy it HERE.


The word “Jiva” means life. At Jiva Organics, we are a small family business driven by care and respect for life – be it people or the environment around us

I immediately looked for recipes online that I could use this with. I also talked to my dad, and found out that he uses whole mustard seeds in his homemade venison summer sausage, so I gave him some to use. I can’t wait to try his next batch of sausage, but until then, here are the recipes I found (or links to them):

 How to make Homemade Mustard
 Mustard Manual

Whole-Grain Mustard

Makes 1 cup

Make today, enjoy in 1 to 4 days

1/2      cup cider vinegar

1/4      cup yellow mustard seeds

1/4      cup brown mustard seeds

1/4      cup beer

2          teaspoons packed light brown sugar

3/4      teaspoon salt

1. Combine vinegar, mustard seeds, and beer in medium bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.

2. Process soaked mustard seeds with sugar and salt in food processor until coarsely ground and thickened, about 1 minute, scraping down bowl as needed.

3. Transfer mustard to jar with tight-fitting lid and let stand at room temperature until it achieves desired spiciness, 1 to 2 days. Transfer to refrigerator. Mustard can be refrigerated for up to 3 months.

Get out there, buy some mustard seeds (remember, the darker the seed, the spicier the mustard), and start experimenting!

As always, Stay Beautiful & Think Divergently!


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

Friday Favorites!

My pledge you you is that every Friday, I’ll come to you with one of my favorite things…not stuff I have to review…but stuff that I want to tell you about!

Today’s Friday Favorite: Dole Smoothie Shakers

dole shakers and bottled waterThese are yummy!! I grabbed a couple the other day in the frozen juice section at the grocery store…and I’ve been back once every couple of days since to get more! They’re super easy, and kind of fun. I just pull the ‘bottle’ out of the freezer, let it sit for a few minutes (the container says 5…I am NOT patient!), then break up whatever’s still in a chunk with a butter knife (again, instructions say to use a spoon, but I’m a rebel, and the knife is longer). Then i pour in juice of my choice, shake it up for as long as I want to, and I’ve got a smoothie – without having to wash the blender! 😀  Today I tried adding in sprite with my orange juice…and it tasted AMAZING.

There are a few different flavors, mixed berry, strawberry, strawberry banana, and my favorite, Mango!!! 😀 This is my new favorite lunch…I stop by the house to let the dog out to go potty, and have just a few minutes to whip something up to get me through my day. Ta-Da!

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