Cayenne & Lime Popcorn

Cayenne & Lime Popcorn
  • ½ cup (125mL) popcorn kernels
  • ½ 1 teaspoon (2.5mL-5mL) cayenne
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) unsalted butter
  1. Add kernels to PaperChef parchment bag. Close and fold down 3-4 times to really seal bag. Place bag on its side in the microwave, making sure the fold is on top. Cook on HIGH for 2½ minutes. Place butter in a microwave safe dish, place beside popcorn and cook for another 15 seconds. Remove from microwave and carefully open the bag, the steam will seep out and be spectacular. Pour melted butter over and quickly add cayenne, lime juice and salt. Close bag and shake well to coat.
  2. Grill Method: melt butter, drizzle into bag. Fold bag carefully. Throw on a hot (but not flaming) grill. Cook for five minutes shaking it every 2-3 times until the fireworks stop. Open bag, season, shake, serve. Done!

Swivel Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer

Do you know what temperature your refrigerator is? Do you know what temperature your freezer is? Do you know what temperature those should be at?

This Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer has an easy to read swivel dial that accurately displays Fahrenheit on one side, Celsius on the other. They show the Green Zone which indicates the ideal temperature setting for optimum energy efficiency. You can use on or hang from refrigerator/freezer shelf or attach to the refrigerator/ freezer wall. Did you know that by adjusting refrigerator and freezer temperatures to the recommended settings saves energy and improves refrigerator/freezer efficiency by up to 8%? That’s extra money in your pocket! The optimal refrigerator temperature range for food safety is 36°F to 40°F; freezer should be set to zero.

This product takes about five minutes to set up. However, it will help you figure out if your refrigerator is working to its best capacity! I recommend getting a Refrigerator/Freezer Thermometer!

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Babycakes Cupcake Maker

My air isn’t working correctly. I think we may end up having to replace our almost 20 year old unit and buy a new one. However, here in Chicago, it has been super hot, and we are looking at ways to keep cool. Turning on the oven is not an option when I can’t get my house below 80 degrees. That being said, my new Babycakes Cupcake Maker has been quite the lifesaver. I am able to make a box of mini cupcakes and not heat up my kitchen. (Note:  Babycakes treat makers work best with moist mixes.)

Babycakes offers a line of electric cake makers that heat up in five minutes, require very little cleaning, and bake treats in eight minutes or less. Whether you have a craving for cupcakes, cake pops or donuts, Babycakes appliances help create quick family desserts or an easy treat for that last-minute party invite. The treat makers come with dozens of recipes to challenge you to go beyond the expected confections and try your hand at quiche, mini-pies, muffins, breakfast puffs or whatever else you can think up.

I am amazed with my Babycakes Cupcake Maker.  Not only does it not heat up my kitchen, it is super easy to use.

The kids and I made cupcakes on a Friday evening. It was super easy. The only thing is that the directions don’t tell you to spray the unit with cooking oil. If you don’t, they cupcakes stick (so my first round were a bit interesting getting out). However, once I sprayed my unit with Pam, it was easy to get everything out. This was so easy to use that my 7 year old could have done this herself! The next time I need to make cupcakes for Madison’s school, you can bet that I will be using my Babycakes Cupcake Maker!

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Babycakes and received a product sample and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.