The Little Book of You Review

The Little Book of you is a unique gift suitable for any age, but best for a baby arrival gift, a first birthday, or a Baby shower gift (as a giftcard!)

I had given this book as a gift to my cousin for her daughter who is 2. She was amazed at the quality of the book and the questions that were asked. The detail about the year she was born was amazing and something to cherish forever.

Can we take a moment to just take in how adorable even the cover is?

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The book requires you to enter the following information about the child:

  • Full Name
  • Name Child Goes By
  • Birthday
  • Birth Time
  • Weather on Child’s Birthday
  • Birth Weight
  • Birth Height
  • Hospital or Place of Birth
  • Geographic Location of Birth
  • 4-16 Family Members Names and Their Relationship
  • 1-8 People the Child First Met
  • Doctor or Midwife’s Name (Optional)
  • First Home Address
  • Explanation of Why Their Name was Chosen
  • 1-3 Nicknames

They take all of this information and create a story filled with details including a family tree!

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The majority of the fields in the order form are required. Given the way the story is structured, the book was designed it this way to ensure you get the best possible product! You will not be able to complete your order without filling in all the required fields, so be sure that you have everything available. Unfortunately you are not able to save your entry and come back to it at this time. That said, everything you have filled out will stay filled out as long as you keep your browser window open.

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“Little Book of You” is a magical and one of a kind illustrated memory book created by you for any of the special little people in your life. Parents and kids alike will love the book. It’s a great alternative for parents to the traditional baby book but is also a storybook older kids will love to read about themselves. We currently have versions available for children 0-11.

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The first option is you can fill out the online form yourself and give the gift of the finished book product. This will provide a great wow factor but can be tricky if you don’t know detailed information about the child since most of the fields on our order form are required. Click here to see all the questions you will need to fill out and see if this option is right for you.

The second option is you can give a gift card to the parents of the child and they can fill it out themselves for their own child. We offer the option to have a gift card emailed to you right away or a nicely wrapped gift experience delivered to you by mail for a more special gift giving moment. A gift card is the right option if you a) don’t have all of the information you need to fill out the online form b) are giving this as a gift before the child is born or c) think the parents would enjoy filling it out themselves or would prefer to put their own touches into the book.

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Filling out a book for a friend or relative is a great option as people love receiving the finished product! Before starting with this option though you’ll want to click here to see the list of questions we ask on our our order form. Don’t know the answers and not sure how to get them? Give a gift card!

With a price tag of $49.95, it seems like an expensive book. But with that being said, it is not just a book you are giving. It is a personalized keepsake to be cherished by the family, as well as the child for years, even decades to come.

The only downfall would be the material of the book itself. It seems like it could easily get dirty if not stores away. You can get a gift box with it to prevent that and make for better storage for an additional fee, but hey, it might just be worth it.

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Marina and James Cummins live in New York City with their daughter Lila and golden retriever Stella. They founded “Little Book of You” in 2017. James is a co-owner of his family business, James Cummins Bookseller, a rare bookshop on the Upper East Side, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years. Marina has worked in digital marketing and product development for more than 10 years. This project combines their love of books, technology and most of all their family.

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The Canvas Factory Review and GIVEAWAY!

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The holidays alre coming and custom gifts are always a favorite from the creator and the receiver. There are many different custom companies out there to choose a custom gift from like canvas companies and Etsy.

So how do you choose one that is right for you?

If you’re like me, you want the best service to be sure your product comes out exactly like you envision it.  That’s one of the hard parts about ordering online is you’re dealing with a computer program in most cases instead of a human being who actually cares about how your order turns out.

That is one of the biggest upsides of The Canvas Factory and it separates them from all of the others.

I know from personal experience that they will make sure your custom item comes out no less than perfect.

Most of us take our most important photos with outlr cell phones and do not own an expensive professional camera, or even those who do, sometimes you do not have that camera on you when a special time happens and you find yourself using your cell phone anyway to capture that special moment.

I wanted to see if they could make a larger canvas out of my cell phone photo come out just as if I had taken it with a professional camera or if they’d be like the others and just let me upload a sub-par photo that would come out blurry, yell at me that it isn’t great quality and ask if I still want to continue placing my crappy photo order just so they can get the money for my order.

Well to my surprise, I uploaded a photo from Facebook, a photo of me and my siblings that I love, but the quality was not very good due to the size even though I had changed it into the recommended size in the paint program to try and force it through… it went through.

However! I was contacted within 24 hours by a real person via email stating that they are working on my order and they found it to be more blurry than I’d probably like.

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They actually attached 2 photos to the email as well to specify why they didn’t think the quality would be good and even though I still told them to put it through, they asked one last time because it was that important to them that they provide a quality product.

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They explained to me that using a photo from new cell phones was perfectly fine in most cases as the cameras on the phones were actually almost equal to the correct size they needed, however that when uploading that same photo from the cell phone to a picture saving website or to Facebook drastically reduces the size of the photo by the program which reduces the pixels and quality for printing which I did not realize since to me the photo looks the same quality when I view it in Facebook.

Wow. What amazing service, seriously!

I was able to provide a different photo for them to use via the email they sent, directly from my cell phone, in which they showed me what the quality of the end result would be and I was happy with it.

Within 4 days (standard shipping) I received the package. Here is how it shipped to me;

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I couldn’t wait to see how this turned out as I wanted to give this canvas as a gift to my mother and it was an important picture to me.

Here is the final result! What do you think?

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I LOVE how this came out.

Even the back is different then others.  Much more study and closed in.

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And you are in luck! The Canvas Factory stands by their mission statement “We want to make online photo printing easy and affordable for everyone.” and want you to see for yourself so they asked me to do a GIVEAWAY for my readers!

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The winner will be able to create their own custom canvas in the standard size of their choosing – 50x40cm (20×16 inch) amounting of $32.25 value OR 18x12inch (45x30cm) amounting of $24.50 value both will include FREE SHIPPING as well.

Take note this giveaway offer is open only for USA and Canada residents.
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But why wait?

Go and order your custom canvas from the Canvas Factory with the link of http://www.canvasfactory.com/ if you are from USA and use this link http://www.canvasfactory.com/ca if you are from Canada.

These make an EXCELLENT gift for friends, family members, and even teachers!

Let me know if you have ordered anything from them before and what your experience was!

DiaResQ Comes to the Rescue!

DiaResQ is a NEW Natural Approach That Comes to the Rescue! 
Think of all the times that you are running errands and need to eat something quickly that doesn’t agree with you later! Next time when you feel the signs of diarrhea, you can reach for a product that really works! DiaResQ is a food, not a drug, made from naturally derived ingredients to provide rapid indigestion relief.

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How Does DiaResQ Work?
DiaResQ works with your body to support digestive health and restore normal intestinal function. It features an innovative combination of immune factors and important nutritional components. Plus, it is safe for children as young as one year in age. Besides being handy to have at home, it’s the perfect companion to take on trips near and far!

How is DiaResQ Different?
Many diarrhea relief products alleviate the symptoms by interfering with your body’s natural immune response when you eat something that doesn’t agree with you. DiaResQ is different because it works with your body’s natural defenses to support digestive health by delivering micronutrients, macronutrients, and immune factors to get you back to normal in no time!

Where Can I Find DiaResQ?
You can find DiaResQ at Amazon, Target, CVS, Walmart and these additional retailers.

Yogi Surprise Monthly Box

I’ve been a little MIA lately with alot going on now that it’s Summer. My kids and I have been busy to say the least.

I am excited to try out another Yogi Surprise box and treat myself! The last box, linked above was really awesome and what’s better is this time I have TWO to show you.

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They have a couple of themes you can choose from if you join their subscription service, depending on what tickles your fancy (does anyone really even say that anyone?! LOL).

All products are non-GMO, & cruelty-free. Check them out here: https://yogisurprise.com/yoga-box/https://yogisurprise.com/jewelry-box/

First up is the yoga box. This month’s theme is “adventure”.

I must prefix this by stating I found the BEST new Summer product in this box. I am in love with this Badger brand all natural Aloe gel. Its clear and not at all sticky. It is a life saver this Summer for me especially on my face.  It is definitely helping with the dry peeling skin I have from chlorine and sunburn.

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Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation.

I’ve been only using it for the past 3 days and I’ve seen amazing results on my facial appearance already.

I have larger pores and its smoothing out my skin, especially near my nose. Also the redness is evening out, but it isn’t clogging my pores like some lotions do.

The BEST part? A daily Aloe facial regimen can help reduce wrinkles! Yes, I said it! Makes sense doesn’t it? Plump your face full of natural goodness and hydration and the wrinkles will slowly fade.  That’s my goal!

Next up is the Yogi Surprise Aloha hip pouch made out of 100% coated Tyvek® to keep your valuables safe from splashes, spills and weather. Retail value $36.

I like that “fanny packs” are making a big comeback. Rapper Logic has made a statement making sure to add one to many of his outfits.

This one is particularly useful this Summer since it is somewhat water proof (I have a feeling water can maybe leak in through the zipper though). Not to mention it is super lightweight

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African Chai Tea by Just Tea is a nice change up to my normal coffee routine.

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One really cool thing about each Yogi Surprise box is that they always include a Yogi surprise sequence card. Try some of these out if you can while you sip your tea!20180709_195635

Surprise surprise! This Yogi box also has a special jewelry piece to add to your collection.  A simple natural stone necklace that comes with interchangeable necklace lace.

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Lastly it’s the all natural Nantucket Spider bug repellent.  This is a must have for all parents! Spray it on yourself if you do not want to put anything on your kids (even though it is all natural, deet free) and it’ll help keep the bugs away from your little tribe.

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Take advantage if you’d like, desk yogi! 3 month free membership. 20180709_200118

 

Like what you see? Join Yogi Surprise today!

Every month you’ll receive products with a mission to elevate your yoga practice on and off the mat.
Guaranteed retail value over $85.
Always GMO- and cruelty-free components
Only $44.95/month!

 

Those products not for you? Maybe you’d be more interested in their Jewelry surprise box! How cool to get different pieces every month created by Yogi’s like you!

 

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How cute is this box? Let @yogisurprise know what you think!

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The 3 pieces in this month’s box really add up to alot. The plunging necklace along with the matching bracelet (and if you got the yogi surprise yogi box you have the bonus matching necklace!) are the perfect accessories to daytime or nighttime outfits.

The white pearl look matte beads are my favorite!

This Dawn Yogi Yoga must sets the mood for your Yoga sequence (hint, use it with your above sequence card!) It has a very light citrus fragrance and is made right in Texas in the USA!

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Every month discover hand-crafted jewelry designed with your yogic journey in mind.
Guaranteed retail value over $65.
Always Hand-crafted and Fair-Trade
Only $24.99/month!

April Daily Goodie Box Unboxing!

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You all know I look forward to getting my FREE “Daily Goodie Box” in the mail, and what I love even more is getting to unbox it and see all of the cool stuff inside and share it with you.
If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? It’s free and it’s fun. What more can you ask for?
Is there a catch? No. But everyone will not get one just because they apply.  There is a monthly amount given out  randomly,  but you can earn a free box easier if you comment on their Facebook posts.  Just look for one that says they’ll be picking winners.
Time for the unboxing of April’s #Dailygoodiebox and I assure you there us some REALLY COOL stuff in this one!
Check out the links to the featured products in this month’s box!
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Prince & Spring – Fruitmojis
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RawRev – Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate
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Goodwipes – Down There Wipes For Gals
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Fourth & Heart – Madagascar Vanilla Bean Ghee Butter
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Foods Alive – Himalayan Pink Salt
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Good Karma – Dairy Free Flaxmilk
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Real Chemistry – Fresh-Start Foaming Cleanser
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DayClear – Allergy Relief
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Flathau’s Fine Foods – Cinnamon Snaps
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Loaf Slime – Lavender Aromatherapy Dough

Yogi Suprise Subscription Box Review August

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You know I enjoy a good subscription box. So when I was invited to review Yogi Suprise, of course I jumped on board. It’s something about the ‘unknown’ when that box shows up on the mail,  it makes it feel like ion opening a present!

New to market,  Yogi Suprise is a monthly subscription box valued at over $70 a month according to their website. They only pass a $44.95 fee along to the customer for this monthly box (+ Free Shipping), and although the subscription auto-renews monthly once you sign up,  you have the option to cancel at any time..

What’s different about Yogi Suprise? It promotes a healthy lifestyle, with Yoga, charity,  and global well-being intertwined.

Not only do you get 6-7 full sized products to delve into, and monthly self healing Yoga sequences..  you also get a monthly chance to enter to win a retreat to a different island monthly. You can choose between the ‘Lifestyle or ‘Jewelry” boxes.  The one i received is the lifestyle box,  so it is a mix of goodies.

So without further delay,  I present to you,  my first  Yogi Suprise Lifestyle box.

Check out their site for more info and to sign up and receive your box and save 15% for life with my code (coming soon) ♡ Yogi Suprise 《

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Details of products;

Headbands For Hope

 

Peaceful Warrior Pouch

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A Path of Light Clementine Scented hand lotion

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WooBamboo toothbrush

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‘This Bar Saves Lives’ snack bar

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Just Tea

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Yoga Sequence

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Can’t leave out my little side kick who made an appearance in the video 😍😎 he was just as excited you unbox it as I was!

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Check out some other great items at;

https://www.mykidneedsthat.com/best-teething-necklaces/ & https://thatsweetgift.com/pandora-signature-bracelet/

 

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

The all new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer was provided to me by DriveShop to test out and give my opinion.

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We took the Lancer for a nice hour and a half long ride to Fright Fest to test it out. Any excuse to go to a theme park is good with me! My initial thoughts were a bit skewed because I drive a fairly large 2016 truck, so any car is inferior in my opinion. This being a 2017, the first thing I noticed was it definitely couldn’t be the fully loaded version. It was not equipped with navigation which I thought came standard in almost every vehicle these days. But maybe I’m wrong. Either way, with this model, you’d need to get an upgraded package that includes navigation.

This is my first time driving any Mitsubishi, so I am not sure if this is a standard for them, but the keyless entry in this specific car is a little odd in my opinion. I am so used to push start, that I guess I don’t understand why there would be an almost keyed like ignition start. It isn’t a key, but rather shaped like one, and you push it in and turn it. I just don’t see the point of it. Again, maybe it isn’t just this model, and its a Mitsubishi brand thing. My dream car when I was a teen was a Mitsubishi eclipse, and I never did actually get it, darn!

There is a back up camera, like any other vehicle made after 2013, and it’s quite accurate. I felt comfortable relying on it as I packed in and out of parking spots and my driveway. Some vehicles cameras are not as clear, or do not include the entire view, but this one did.

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I loved the exterior. It was so pretty, especially when the sunlight hits it. This color is not just white, but it’s called Pearl for a reason. In the sunlight, it is such a beautiful, sparkling pearl color. The black leather interior really compliments it well, and the rims are stunning!

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Since I had this car for a week, I took it to and from work more then anywhere. I work up in the mountains, so the daily drive includes a vigorous incline on the way to work, and a long and slow decline on the way home. Let me tell you, this Lancer took it like a champ! I felt comfortable driving up and down the hilly slopes and felt like I had total control over the car. That definitely has to do with the face that it was 4 wheel drive option. There is a button in the center that you can switch easily between 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive which was a plus.

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The halogen lights were beautiful and helped with driving home from our long drive to six flags. They were super bright and I felt like it was a smooth ride home. Did I mention gas in this car is great!?! It’s everything I love about a sedan as opposed to my gas guzzling truck.

What a nice vehicle inside an out. There sunroof was an added bonus, especially since it’s the fall and the beautiful sunshine is still poking through the clouds often. I didn’t get a photo of the trunk, but it’s a decent size for a 4 door sedan. I was able to fit food for the week for our family of 4 in the truck with no issues. It also has the option to fold down the back row seats one at a time for added trunk space.

I have to say, the only con is the lack of navigation being standard. The driver and passenger seats were manual control, which is also a bit outdated in a 2017 model, but it’s less of an issue as it a critique.

Overall, The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is a nice, reliable vehicle, and it starts at $24,000 which is very well priced for this car. It’s an affordable option for families that may not be able to make the jump to an SUV. You can ride in style while still having the room in the back to fit 2 kids in car seats and another passenger back there with them.

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Hotels Tonight App w/ $25 off Coupon Code

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Disney World trip with the 2016 Mazda CX-5

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This year, we were fortunate enough to be able to take the kids to their first Disney World trip in Florida. I worked with Drive Shop to test out the 2016 Mazda CX-5 for the week while there because we needed something reliable. It definitely did not disappoint!

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The color was excellent for the extreme heat. Glacier White with light beige interior. Perfect to keep the car cool when the sun is beaming down.

 

This crossover SUV fits 5 comfortably and had such a smooth ride. The stylish exterior and interior made driving it around south Florida so much fun. We stayed in Palm Bay which is more on the east coast and had to travel an hour and a half to Disney World in Orlando. The SkyActive technology by Mazda made the gas last the entire week even with the long trips.

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The cruise control came in handy during the long trip on the same road and it had a feature I’ve never seen before. It was a car length sensor that you can set the cruise control to keep the car one, two, or three car lengths behind the car in front of you.

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The center console is where the radio controls are as well as the volume and mute. This system has no power off button, only mute. The large center button is a toggle button. It controls the LCD panel for everything. You can also use the touch screen feature, but when driving the center button is easier to navigate everything.

There is a “sport” button that allows you to easily flip the car into sport mode if you’re on the highway and want to feel some extra “umf”!

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The number one thing is it got us to and from Disney safely! There was a little rain storm on the way there and it drove great in it. One of the best features is when I had to use the brights, it has an “auto” sensor when on the auto feature. This allowed the car to automatically turn the high beams off when there was a vehicle coming, and back on when it passed. I haven’t seen that function on any other vehicle yet.

We had a blast at Disney World and a big thank you to Mazda and DriveShop for providing this vehicle for our travels around south Florida!

 

Orange Creamsicle Souffle with Nellie’s Free Range Eggs + FREE Egg Giveaway

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to cook. I love trying new recipes and putting my own spin on things.

Have you seen the video’s floating around? You know, the one’s with the amazing desert and entree’s? They make it look so simple, and I cannot help but think “Pinterest Fail” when I see some of the technique’s they do.

One that caught my eye recently is the little souffles made inside of lemons. They are so fancy and decadent, yet so simply put together. I knew I had to try it. Luckily, I had a bag of navel oranges I just purchased, and my Nellie’s Free Range Eggs I got to try, and I wanted to put my own creative spin on it.

Orange Creamsicle Souffle’s. Yes.

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Using the Nellie’s eggs felt so right. The best of the best, inside such a fancy-smancy desert. They look so fresh, and the packaging is awesome as well. It is a cute little plastic on plastic carton that helps protect the eggs inside from getting smooshed. They are natural, free range eggs, not that other crap, so they are a little more pricey (they were $4.49 a dozen at my local grocery store).

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I used 4 fairly large navel oranges for this recipe (pictured above). Here is what you need;

  • 4 Oranges
  • 2 tbs All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (divided 1/4 & 1/4)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs Milk
  • Zest from oranges
  • 3 eggs (separated)

Using Nellie’s Free Range Eggs, divide all 3 eggs into 2 bowls – egg whites in one, egg yolks in the other.

I put the egg whites into the mixing bowl so I can get the meringue started. You have to whisk the egg whites an 1/4 cup of sugar until soft peaks form. I let that run while I started the rest.

I took each orange an cut the bottoms just a bit to make them flat so I can stand them up straight without falling over or rolling around. Then, I cut the tops off, an dug out the insides as neatly as I could (watch you do not poke any holes in the orange peel!) Then I put the pulp inside of small strainer and squeezed out the juices. Feel free to eat all of the yummy left over pulp!

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Now, mix a 1/4 of the juice from the oranges, and the Vanilla extract & milk. Add this to the egg yolk, flour, and remaining 1/4 white sugar. Whisk and then add to a double boiler or in my case, a heat safe bowl over a pot of boiling water. The key is to keep whisking until the egg mixture thickens up real nice. Then, remove it from the heat, and continue to whisk until the mixture cools. It should be nice an smooth without lumps.

Then, when your meringue has soft peaks, fold it slowly  into the cooled egg mixture. The last step is to pour this mixed into your open orange shells a little more then half way. They will rise significantly, so do not overfill!

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the tops have browned a bit. Then top with powdered sugar and serve warm or cooled.

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Enter to WIN 2 Dozen of Nellie’s Free Range Eggs

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To find out where to buy Nellie’s Free Range Eggs in your area, check here;

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Oh, and Happy Egg Month! You didn’t know May was national egg month? Now you do!

*I was given the eggs for free to use in this recipe by Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. All opinions and photos are my own.

If you’re not already familiar, Nellie’s is committed to providing better lives for hens, which means better eggs for you and your family! Coming from the first Certified Humane® farm in the country, Nellie’s girls (aka hens) are never caged and have as much, or as little, access to outside as they want.  Nellie’s also supports a network of small family farms, unlike competitors with massive factory-farm set ups.