Guess What? You Can Buy Kerrygold Butter On Amazon…But I Wouldn't Recommend It

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So, I have to provide reviews of all kinds here on the patio, so just for grins, I thought I’d check into whether my favorite butter, that being the grass-fed kind, specifically Kerrygold brand, could be purchased on Amazon...guess what?! You can!! However, I would not recommend it, only because it costs considerably more than you would pay for it in the store.

Real butter from real ingredients

Currently, I buy mine at Walmart for $3.44 per delicious gold brick. At Amazon, the same brick will cost $4.40 plus tax and shipping. Really? Actually, the first ad that popped up said $14.95 + $4.99 shipping! Must be a misprint I thought, so I added it to my cart to see if it really was only one 8oz. brick of butter and sure enough, it was! I’m definitely not buying one brick of butter no matter how tasty for upwards of $25!

By the way, I’m loving using Grammarly on both of my websites, it corrects my spelling, punctuation,  and other errors so editing my content is a breeze. Thanks, Grammarly!

Back to the butter though, Kerrygold is the ONLY butter I use, and I use it every day in my bulletproof coffee, for my sweet potatoes and whenever else I need to use butter. Yes, it costs a little bit more, but I love the quality and assurance that the ingredients are made from pure full fat cream that comes from grass fed cows.

There are plenty of other products that are a better buy on Amazon, and one thing I like is the Smile program. A portion of your purchase goes to your favorite charity, you can change it anytime you want! It’s free to join and it goes to a good cause. They are also selling produce now on Amazon, through a program called Prime Fresh. Pretty soon, there will be no need to go to the grocery store. Of course, you pay for this convenience, but it’s worth it not to have to go to the grocery store. Shopping from your home in your pj’s sounds good to me!

Explanation of Prime Fresh membership

So, if you want to buy your butter from Amazon, or anything else for that matter, they have thousands of products and tons of services to try. There is even a new music service that is free to join for a short period, go and check it out! For me, it’s just one of those pick and choose kind of deals, I won’t be buying my butter from Amazon but I would definitely buy a book or some essential oils or something. If you would like to try anything I have mentioned here today, just click on any of the blue links, and they will take you where you want to go. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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How To Love Oatmeal Again-Bob's Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats Review

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You know, I used to hate oatmeal. That was before I tried the delicious baked version by fellow Pinterest user Alexandra from Alexandra’s Kitchen who taught me that oatmeal can be scrumptious if prepared properly.

After making the baked version several times and tweaking it to my own tastes, I just about have it perfected, now I can’t get enough! I love the chewy texture, the crunch of the nuts and the custard-like base of this baked concoction. Here is a picture of my latest attempt which looked delicious, but failed to impress…I’ll explain in a moment.

My blueberry-almond baked oatmeal

What is different about this oatmeal you might ask? I tried a different brand than Bob’s Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats and they were not as tasty, they did not soften after soaking like his and they just didn’t taste as good in general. Don’t get me wrong, they were edible and I didn’t waste them, but I’ll certainly be going back to Bob’s from now on.

Let me share with you the original recipe, and then how I personally tweaked it to suit my own tastes, then you can try them both yourself and tell me how you got on with it.

I promise, even if you aren’t an oatmeal fan, you will totally fall in love with these oats. They are good hot or cold, with or without fruit and/or nuts, however, I prefer them fully loaded. They tend to keep me fuller throughout the morning that way.

Here is Alexandra’s version of the recipe, followed by my tweaks:
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PREP TIME
10 MINS
COOK TIME
55 MINS
TOTAL TIME
1 HOUR 5 MINS

Yield = 1 8×8-inch pan (or something similar); or 6 individual servings (6 6-oz ramekins)

As I noted, I like these baked oats both with berries and without, so don’t hesitate to make them if you don’t have any berries on hand — they are so good on their own. I have used both almonds and walnuts. I do toast the walnuts. I don’t toast the almonds — it doesn’t seem to matter.

The mixture can be assembled the night before, though it doesn’t have to be.

<strong>Update, Oct 2014:</strong> Almonds are my preference. Often, I make this without any berries, and I omit the cinnamon. I love adding sliced apples.
Author: Alexandra
Serves: 6
INGREDIENTS
¾ cup steel cut oatmeal
½ cup (60 g) almonds (sliced, untoasted are great) or walnuts halves, toasted and chopped
1 teaspoon baking powder
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
¾ to 1 ½ cups (90 to 185 g) blueberries
2 cups (475 ml) whole milk
⅓ cup (80 ml) maple syrup
1 large egg
3 tablespoons (45 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
In a small bowl, mix together the oats, the nuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

In another bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, egg, butter, and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine. Store mixture in the fridge (if desired) overnight. If you are making individual portions, I think the easiest method is this: mix dry ingredients as instructed in step 1; spoon about three tablespoons of the dry ingredients into each ramekin; then pour liquid over top. The liquid will reach the top of each ramekin. I was worried it was going to overflow, but it didn’t. To prevent a catastrophe, I suggest lining a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper and placing the filled ramekins in the dish to bake.

Preheat the oven to 375°F with a rack in the top third of the oven. (Note: I have baked this both in the top third and in the middle and don’t seem to notice much of a difference.) Give the mixture a good stir. Scatter berries (if using) into an 8-inch square baking dish. Pour milk-oat mixture over the berries.

Bake for 55 to 60 minutes (Note: Several commenters have had issues with browning too quickly, so I advise checking after 30 minutes, and if it looks as though it is browning quickly, turn oven down to 350 and check periodically for doneness), or until the top is golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

My Tweaks:

Instead of 2 Cups of whole milk, I used 1 Cup of Almond Milk and 1 Cup of So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk-to make the base more like a custard.

Instead of 2 Tsp of vanilla extract, I used 1 Tsp of almond extract and 1 Tsp vanilla extract

I only use Kerrygold grass fed butter (the only butter I use period)

Other than the fact that I did not use Bob’s Red Mill Steel-Cut Oats for my latest batch, all went well. In the future, I will only use his award winning steel-cut oats, which are also known as pin oats. They have the best taste, soften up as they are supposed to when soaked overnight, and no powdery residue on your tongue, like the “store” brand I tried. Lesson learned!

Click on the links provided to buy your oats from Bob (at Amazon) and let me know how your recipe turns out!

 

 

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Sunday Review- Grammarly Product Review

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Today we are shining the spotlight on a terrific tool for checking your grammar and proofreading your content: Grammarly of course!

If you are a blogger, author or do any kind of writing, you need this tool in your toolkit.

I have been with Grammarly for a few years now, I use the free version and it has served its purpose perfectly. If you write articles, blog posts or any other kind of content, you really need this fantastic tool.

Grammarly automatically checks for mistakes, corrects misspelled words and underlines potential grammatical errors so you don’t publish sub-par copy.

Grammarly sends you periodic updates!

For those who don’t have a handle on the English language or for those not necessarily paying attention in language class, this is the tool for you!

Here are a few of the ways Grammarly helps writers:

  • Identifies confused prepositions
  • Locates wordy sentences
  • Helps identify overuse of the passive voice

Some program’s built-in grammar checkers do not catch the same mistakes that Grammarly can. Do you know what a squinting modifier us? Grammarly does and tells you when not to use it.

You can start writing directly into Grammarly’s Microsoft Office just like any other document platform. (like Word) Or, if you use Word or want to write directly on a particular platform, Grammarly still checks your work and proofreads your copy. How cool is that?

Another useful feature is that Grammarly has a plagiarism checker, for those who do lot’s of research, that could come in handy. It also sends a monthly report on your use of the tool/app which keeps you on track with your writing goals.

The only downside is that it still won’t completely replace a human proofreader, however, for .02 cents a word, you can use its dashboard to send your work to a human to edit it. Still, it’s a whole lot better than having no extra set of eyes to double check your work for mistakes.

It even helped me correct this here review!

 

The bottom line is Grammarly is a great tool just like it is, but by upgrading to the premium version you will get 250 more checks which could find even more mistakes.

The paid version will also check for misplaced words and incorrect sentence structure. It will also give you contextual vocabulary enhancements to diversify your writing.

They offer discounts for some paid plans, you can see from the screenshot that paying for a whole year will save you big money in the long run…more than half the regular monthly price!

Click on any link and go check out Grammarly for yourself and see how error proof your writing can be.
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Saturday Spotlight-Who Is the Best For Hosting Your Website? (Product Review)

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Today, Kimmy shines her spotlight on SiteGround and how it is the best company for hosting your website.

I’m recommending them because they were recommended to me by Grayson Bell when I was setting up my website, and I have never regretted that decision.

Here are some reasons why they are the best choice for you:

After performing tests with several other web hosting companies, SiteGround outshines them all in these four areas:

Speed– Their loading time with cache is the fastest at 1.3 seconds

Performance– Compared to the industry average which is 2853 hits handled, they hand 3 times more without cache-8276! If you add cache, they handle 230,000 hits! Hits means traffic, for those who aren’t sure.

Support– They have the best support, hands down than any of the 12 other hosting companies tested.

Security- They keep your site safe by offering hack protection and guarding you from your neighbors.

As you can see from the screenshots, SiteGround has performed the tests to prove they have what it takes to be the best in the business of web hosting.

I personally use them for my website and have had no problems in over a year of service, my questions have always been answered promptly and I get weekly updates from them letting me know that my site is clean. That’s peace of mind, I just set it and forget it. They do all the heavy lifting for me. I’ve also had no interruptions in service.

The one and only issue I’ve had is continuing my service-it was time to re-up for another year and I experienced a glitch when trying to pay and ensure I wasn’t about to lose my website. It all got worked out though, between one of their technicians and Grayson Bell, who kind of acts as a liaison between them and me. He has been such a help to me when I have had any question at all, never getting flustered or put out with me.

They also have the best price of all the other hosting companies at $2.95 per month for one website, 10,000 visits monthly, and all essential features. If you’re just starting out, this is most likely all you need. Hurry, this pricing is only good through Sept. 30!

I encourage all of you needing to start a website to click this link-SiteGround and it will take you straight to the sign up page and get you started enjoying the best web hosting your money can buy.

 

 

 


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