Tuesday, November 25, 2014

VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Review & GIVEAWAY {#sponsored}

If you have a little boy on your Christmas list (or a dinosaur/race car loving little girl) then today's post should interest you. It's all about VTech® Switch & Go Dinos® Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops™. We are VTech fans in the Mo'Betta house and I can honestly say that my 6 year old absolutely loves this toy.
Switch and Go Dinos Turbo comes with a remote that allows the child to transform it from race car to dinosaur at the touch of a button. The remote is easy to us and very kid friendly. The car/dino can make various sounds, talk, move in different directions, and of course, transform from race car to dinosaur and back again. Just check it out...

That's just a little snippet of it's "transformation". I was thrilled at how much my son has enjoyed playing with it. It engages his imagination and gets him away from his beloved video games! (Which is priceless!) It also drives our dogs insane, which my little man thought was quite hysterical. He spent quite a while just torturing playing with the dogs and the toy. Which brings up a good point, VTech products are very durable! One of my dogs attempted to bite it, and didn't leave a mark on it. You have to be tough in this house.
Bronco the RC Triceratops is just one in a line of VTech Switch and Go Dinos Turbo toys. It is recommended for ages 3-8, with MSRP $44.99. It does require 8 AA batteries, so just keep that in mind if Santa will be leaving one under the tree. Re-chargeable batteries are pretty much the best thing ever for kid toys in my opinion! (They are more expensive initially, but in our house, they pay off in the long run.) As stated, this toy is durable, and has lots of fun features (talking, LED headlights, LCD screen, turbo charge lever, transformation button, and more.)
GIVEAWAY! VTech is providing one Makin' it Mo'Betta reader a VTech® Switch & Go Dinos® Turbo Bronco the RC Triceratops™. Awesome right?! Just enter via the Rafflecopter Form. Entries will be verified. Shipping only available within the US. 

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*I was provided with a sample product for review purposes. All opinions are my own, or that of my 6 year old! The sample product, giveaway product and information has been provided by VTech.

Thanksgiving Ideas - Desserts!

For some of us, dessert is the most important part of any meal. For others, it's an afterthought...and for some, it's whatever can be bought because you absolutely hate to bake. Whatever category you fall into, there should be something here for you! We love dessert around here, so there were lots of recipes to choose from and most of them are pretty easy to whip up.
Pumpkin Spice Cake - this is a "doctored" cake mix and is full of Fall flavor.
Brown Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake - a little more labor intensive but a change from traditional pumpkin pie
Pecan Pie Brownies - I think the name speaks for itself. Elevate your traditional pecan pie with a brownie base! These have gotten rave reviews in the past. 
Fudgey Mocha Nut Pie - Another pecan and chocolate combo...this pie is rich and delicious. We will be making this or Chocolate Chess Pie this year.
Chocolate Chess Pie - a Southern tradition that makes an appearance every year.
Chocolate Oreo Chess Pie - We made this one last year. It was amazing. There is also a Chocolate Chip Cookie version a.k.a. Baltimore Bomb Pie. It's the bomb alright!
If you are looking for something super quick and easy, I have a round up of "dump cakes", as in 'dump and go', just a few ingredients but oh so good. The above Blueberry Dump Cake is one of my favorite desserts ever. 
These German Chocolate Cake bars are one of the most popular recipes on my blog. Or you could go for the "real thing" ...
German Chocolate Cake - the frosting is phenomenal. 

A few other things that may come in handy - this 5-Minute Chocolate Frosting is delicious, and because my son is allergic to nuts and is super picky, I will be making cookies with my favorite thick and chewy cookie base. I'll be adding fall colored M's which he loves. 

I also have some 'special diet' recipes - Dairy Free Chocolate Pie which is so good no one would ever know what it's made of; Low Carb Chocolate Eclair Cake; low carb, gluten free "Thin Mints"; egg free Chocolate Cake (aka wacky cake). This is my "Allergy Friendly" Pinterest Board too. 

As you can see, we usually do things a little different than the traditional pumpkin and pecan pie! Well, I should say in addition to the traditional pecan and pumpkin pie. You can't have too many desserts!

Previous Thanksgiving Ideas posts


I may be linking up at any of the following - (Monday) The Tumbleweed ContessaThe Dedicated HouseSkip to my LouI Should Be Mopping the FloorHuckleberry Love (Tuesday) Tickle My Tastebuds TuesdaySowdering About in SeattleNaptime CreationsMandy's Recipe Box, Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew LifeVMG206Anyonita Nibbles (Wednesday) The Newlyweds PilgrimageFluster BusterMostly Homemade MomAdorned from Above,Ginger Snap CraftsNaptime is My TimeTessa the Domestic Diva (Thursday) Project Inspire,Joyful HomemakingMiz Helen's Country CottageLamberts Lately (Friday) Foodtastic FridaysJust Us FourBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HypoDiana RamblesThe Better BakerThe Best Blog Recipes,Close to Home30 Handmade DaysA Peek Into My Paradise,The Jenny Evolution Walking on SunshineVintage ChicLady Behind the Curtain (Saturday) Six Sisters' StuffMade from Pinterest

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Ideas - breads

Bread may not seem all that important for Thanksgiving, but it is at my house. My kids will eat way more bread/rolls than anything else on Turkey day! Here are a few of my favorites...

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Butter Biscuits - these are so good!


Copycat King's Hawaiian Bread - these can easily be made into rolls, large loaves, or a bread braid (if you are talented enough to do that...my technique needs work!) The dough can be mixed in a mixer or a bread machine...I love my bread machine!


Pumpkin Yeast Bread


Pumpkin Cornbread


Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits

yummm....carbs!

Previous Thanksgiving Ideas posts:

Veggies
For the kids


 I may be linking up at any of the following - (Monday) The Tumbleweed ContessaThe Dedicated HouseSkip to my LouI Should Be Mopping the FloorHuckleberry Love (Tuesday) Tickle My Tastebuds TuesdaySowdering About in SeattleNaptime CreationsMandy's Recipe Box, Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew LifeVMG206Anyonita Nibbles (Wednesday) The Newlyweds PilgrimageFluster BusterMostly Homemade MomAdorned from Above,Ginger Snap CraftsNaptime is My TimeTessa the Domestic Diva (Thursday) Project Inspire,Joyful HomemakingMiz Helen's Country CottageLamberts Lately (Friday) Foodtastic FridaysJust Us FourBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HypoDiana RamblesThe Better BakerThe Best Blog Recipes,Close to Home30 Handmade DaysA Peek Into My Paradise,The Jenny Evolution Walking on SunshineVintage ChicLady Behind the Curtain (Saturday) Six Sisters' StuffMade from Pinterest

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Ideas - Veggies

You've probably got your main dishes all figured out, but what about the sides? Today is all about the veggies...a necessary evil in my opinion. There is always the traditional green bean casserole, but here are a few other recipes that make eating your vegetables much easier...

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction - if I have to eat them, this is how I want to do it!


Cauliflower Au Gratin - low carb and surprisingly good (coming from someone who doesn't like vegetables cauliflower very much!)


Bacon Wrapped Green Beans - because e'rything is better with bacon


Bacon Green Beans for a Crowd - a super easy variation of the above bacon wrapped green beans. Delicious.

What's your favorite vegetable dish? Do you have to cover yours in sugar or bacon to eat them or is that just me!?

Yesterday's post - Thanksgiving Ideas for the kids


 I may be linking up at any of the following - (Monday) The Tumbleweed ContessaThe Dedicated HouseSkip to my LouI Should Be Mopping the FloorHuckleberry Love (Tuesday) Tickle My Tastebuds TuesdaySowdering About in SeattleNaptime CreationsMandy's Recipe Box, Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew LifeVMG206Anyonita Nibbles (Wednesday) The Newlyweds PilgrimageFluster BusterMostly Homemade MomAdorned from Above,Ginger Snap CraftsNaptime is My TimeTessa the Domestic Diva (Thursday) Project Inspire,Joyful HomemakingMiz Helen's Country CottageLamberts Lately (Friday) Foodtastic FridaysJust Us FourBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HypoDiana RamblesThe Better BakerThe Best Blog Recipes,Close to Home30 Handmade DaysA Peek Into My Paradise,The Jenny Evolution Walking on SunshineVintage ChicLady Behind the Curtain (Saturday) Six Sisters' StuffMade from Pinterest

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