Monday, August 26, 2013

Spicebox Whisky Brown Sugar Chops

Summer is here which means that it's way too hot to cook inside.  Why make it any hotter in the house than it needs to be? Plus the grill is always an easier and quicker way to prepare dinner if you marinate your meats beforehand.

We like pork chops because they are a leaner meat and if you know how to cook them properly they can be filled with flavor and still be moist.  The marinating definitely helps with this problem too much heat drying out your pork. We like Spicebox Whisky and decided to use it in a new way.  The main flavor is vanilla which is apparent when you crack open the top.  There is not just one, but three kinds of vanilla packing a sweet twist to your whisky.  That same twist blends well with a little zing from the mustard, soy sauce and pepper with the dark brown sugar reinforcing the sweet undertones of the vanilla.  Thoroughly flavor your pork and you have a new family favorite recipe.  One that allows our usual chops to be bold and simple but still pack a punch of flavor to your tongue with each bite.

Spicebox Whisky Brown Sugar Chops

4-5 1/2-inch thick boneless pork chops
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup spicebox whisky
1/8 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Place pork chops in one gallon ziploc bag.  Mix rest of all ingredients in a bowl, whisk well.  Pour over chops in bag.  Seal bag, squeezing out as much air as you can.  Marinate in the fridge for 4-6 hours.

Remove chops in bag from refrigerator about 20 minutes before grilling.  Remove chops from bag, but save marinade.  Pour marinade into small saucepan on the stove and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Set aside.  
Grill chops on medium-high for 4-7 minutes per side.  Drizzle with marinade and serve.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Brew Over Ice: The Cold Way to Boost Your Day Review and Giveaway!

You may be aware that we love all things related to coffee.  We are always on the lookout for ways to improve our coffee drinking experience.  While this is true for Alison and I, the rest of our family tends to avoid our favorite beverage.

Luckily, this is not an issue when you have a Keurig!  You can brew just about anything in your Keurig.  The hot liquids will abound in your house as you pop in the packets, fill the reservoir and push the brew button!  Easier than cooking breakfast by a long shot.

The convenience is there wrapped up in a cup.  The flavors are versatile and even we can find something to please all the picky members of our family.  Yet, that's not all!  There is more to be had out of this delightful machine resting upon our countertop!  That's right, I said hot, but now there's cold!

Brew Over Ice

Madness!  How is this possible from a machine that brews hot!  Well, with ice!  You fill up your tumbler with ice!  The drink comes out cold!  It's easy still with one more step scoop in some ice and you are all set!

While we love our coffee cold or hot, there is something else we love a lot.  The new Strawberry Pomegranate Vitaburst!  It was tangy and filled nutrition better than any ordinary drink!

The simple task at hand made quicker too with a light-up ice tumbler to remind you what to do.  Fill up with ice, one scoop or two, it doesn't matter as long as it goes right to the top!  No worries for mess with the coasters we got!

Everything we need is right there.  The kitchen counter is useful, but now it's like a fair. The fun is abounding and the drinks are flowing, the only thing left is to get our day going! So, we hope that you too will enjoy a nice drink!  Why not enter to win your own Keurig Machine!

Enter to win the Brew Over Ice Sweepstakes!  You can also print a $2 off coupon on the Brew Over Ice website.  Last but not least, you can enter to win a prize pack right here on Rosie Discovers!  Enter to win 3 Brew Over Ice K-Cup samples, a Brew Over Ice tumbler, Brew Over Ice coasters and a Brew Over Ice light-up ice bucket with ice tongs.  Just enter with the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Enter the OMGuac! Get Creative with Lunch!

There is one snack that we hold high above the rest, guacamole.  We love this flavorful mix of fruits and veggies.  The best part is that Wholly Guacamole takes all of the work out of it.  You can just enjoy without needing to worry about chopping or dicing or mixing!

SO, try your luck and enter their contest!  You could win free guacamole!  Here's how it works. Use Wholly Guacamole Minis and a little creativity to make lunch fun!  The best lunches will win a lunch box full of guacalicious products and a gift card for $100! Good Luck! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Disney Infinity - Taking Video Games to the Next Level

A couple of weeks ago at the River East Arts Center in Chicago, I got to see Disney's brand new video game system.  It's called Disney Infinity and I can guarantee you've never seen anything like it before.  Disney Infinity takes video games to the next level with a huge amount of character choices and lands to play in.

Can you just imagine a video game where you can pretend to be your favorite Disney character?  In your favorite Disney movie, even if that character doesn't appear in that movie.  Mind blowing, isn't it?  Disney Infinity changes video games for everyone.  You can be Captain Jack in Neverland or in the Incredibles movie for example.  Or if you're super creative you can create your own world to play in.  The possibilities with Disney Infinity are truly endless!

The other game changer Disney Infinity brings to the table is that you can take your system and plug it into any platform and play.  Doesn't matter if your family has an XBox and your neighbor's kids have a Wii-U, it will still work.  The figurines that you place on the console, have this nifty feature that they save all their own information.  So if you level up, the figurine saves that.  When you use it again, all your levels up are still there.  No other video game system does this!

Last but not least, there are these awesome power disks.  These disks, of which you can use two at a time, allow your characters to have special powers like invincibility.  This further allows you to completely change and customize your game play.

Did I mention it comes out tomorrow, August 15th?  :)

Thanks again Disney Infinity, The Big Toy Book, Joey Fortman and Charlene DeLoach for having this amazing preview luncheon.

Unwrap the Sweet Suite'13

One event we attended during that big blogging conference in July was the Sweet Suite'13 party.  A night of toys and sweets everything you could want.  While we were there we enjoyed sneak peeks at new toys coming out in the fall and in time for the holiday season.  With Skylanders and many others showing off their wares we had a grand ole time.

The best part of course was that the gifts we got weren't there but shipped to our house!  One party that knows how to treat a girl right!  To our surprise this box was large and filled to the top with all sorts of toys for all ages.  Some toys didn't come in our box but we know what to look out for in the coming months.  

Since we don't have to hide our toy box, we decided to shoot a video to show exactly what we have.  The best part of course is playing with the toys, because you are never too old to enjoy them, and they're never nearly as satisfying still inside their packages. 

Thanks again to #SweetSuite13, The Big Toy Book, Joey Fortman and Charlene DeLoach for all of our awesome toys!