I Scream Sandwich

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I swear I may melt. It is that hot in Chicago, so this brand new cookbook I Scream Sandwich couldn’t have come at a better time!

I Scream Sandwich redefines the ice cream sandwich. It can easily be the star of a dinner party, a birthday party, a family picnic, or just a lazy summer afternoon. There is quite the variety of ice cream sandwich recipes to pick from. You can choose from the classic (chocolate cookie bars with vanilla ice cream) to the seasonal (blackberry buttermilk ice cream on crispy meringues) to the exotic (kaffir lime and lemongrass sorbet on five-spice cookies). If cookies are your forte, they also have recipe using brownies, cakes, bars, brioche, crusts, gelatos, and sorberts. As this lactose-intolerant ice cream lover was shocked to find, there are even some dairy free options in here. Seriously, there is pretty much a recipe for everyone in here!

If you are looking for a great dessert to end this summer, you have to get your hands on I Scream Sandwich!

Refresh Wine Giveaway! #WineOverIce


I’m slowly starting reviewing wine. That’s why I was glad to try Refresh Wine. I was able to bring it to a birthday party, so I got a few people’s thoughts about this wine. The first thing I have to tell you is that Refresh Wine got 2 thumbs up from everybody.


Refresh by Turning Leaf comes in four light, refreshing wine options: Crisp White, Red Moscato, Moscato and Pink Moscato. All are $8. (Love how affordable these are!) These slightly fizzy wines are best served chilled, over ice, with a slice of orange or lime. They are also excellent with birthday cake. Refresh is a great option if you’re looking for something fizzier than still wine, less filling than beer or lighter than a cocktail.


Since this is not like your typical wine, we had the grandma’s trying this. My SIL’s mom may have gotten a buzz, and she never drinks wine at parties! That’s how much these Refresh Wines were a hit! I too don’t drink a lot of wine, and I love these too! I may have had 3 glasses that night myself!

I also am “Refreshing It Forward” to a reader and friend. Her name is Samantha, and she blogs over at The Peanuts Gang. She just moved into a new house and what a great housewarming gift. Plus, who can’t use a bottle of wine while moving with a 4 year old and a 2 year old (and let’s not even talk about the fact that she also works and blogs!). She’s also just a great friend who deserves it.

You all are my friend too! That is why I have arranged for one lucky reader to win a “Wine Over Ice” kit valued at $50. The gift pack will include a gift card that the winner can use to purchase Refresh. The gift pack will also include additional items to help you enjoy Refresh anytime. Here’s what you need to do:

Refresh Wine Giveaway

Sponsored: Cascade #MyPlatinum – Week 2!

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


I have received a ton of questions since announcing I was a Cascade Platinum ambassador. Their number one question: What do I think of the Cascade Platinum pacs and their cleaning capabilities? Well, I have a little story to tell you.

See my picture above? The bowl with the Cascade Platinum pacs in there? Okay, so last Saturday, I had Will’s birthday party at my house (both his friends party and our family party). We had chips out. We had Cheese Puffs out (can you see where this story is leading? LOL) Well, due to the rain that came, we had to rush everything into the house. At the end of the night, all the chips and cheese puffs were stale, but my nephew still wanted to eat the cheese puffs. (A little side note here — my family lives 4 hours from me, so when they come for a party, they stay the weekend at my house). I said okay, and he brought them downstairs into my basement (that’s where he was sleeping with my sister and the rest of the family. We affectionately call it the mancave down there).

Lets fast forward to Friday — Bill brought up the bowl of cheese puffs from the basement. Yeah, let’s just say it was not a pretty site. Basically, what happens if you leave stale cheese puffs in a bowl in your basement for a week, they stick. They stick to the bowl to the point you can’t rip them off (because I tried). My first thought (besides how gross) was that this would be the perfect test for Cascade Platinum pacs!

Guess what? Without any prewashing, not only did Cascade Platinum remove the cheese puffs from the bowl, it also removed the wonderful orange cheese coating on there. Colored me impressed!

I’m not the only one who feels that way about the Cascade Platinum pacs. Top Chef judge and editor of Food+Wine magazine, Gail Simmons, has partnered with Cascade to discuss why food presentation is just as important as preparation. “The easiest recipes pop with unexpected, gourmet presentations. Drizzle bright sauces on sparkling white plates or layer desserts in crystal-clean glassware. Keep your presentation sparkling with Cascade Platinum, which keeps dishes perfect for anytime entertaining and impromptu guests.” Or in my case, keep your bowls clean from random Cheese Puff attacks!

Cascade also wants you to show off your sparkling dishes, silverware and glassware for a chance to win great prizes by entering the “My Platinum” Instagram contest. The Cascade “My Platinum” contest is a four week Instagram contest that encourages fans to upload photos related to the weekly contest themes. Show off how sparkly Cascade makes all your pots, pan and plates! Each week, two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher. Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen
makeover! Each week will have a 6-day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their
#MyPlatinum Photo. Cascade will choose two weekly winners and one final grand prize winner after the entry period has ended. Please be sure to include both the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag @MyCascade in your entries to the contest!

What could you use Cascade Platinum on in your home?