The Southern Cook The Very Best of Southern Cooking

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If you have never tried Southern cooking your taste buds have been missing out on so much. The Southern Cook is the perfect introduction to Southern cooking at it’s best. This cookbook has some of the culinary greats in southern recipes. My mouth is watering with every turn of the page. Recipes for New Potatoes, Baked Beans, Trifles, Gumbo, Gravies, Pickles, Deserts etc… fill the pages. The Southern Cook is categorized by seasons of the year and what’s fresh and available. Such a great addition to your library. All right, I am headed to the kitchen, these recipes look amazing.

The Southern Cook will take you to the Southern family table where good food, drink and good times are always on the menu. With a delicious journey through each season, you can indulge in all the quintessential Southern dishes such as Hoppin John, Shrimp & Grits, Spoon Bread, Peach Ice Cream and homemade Lemonade. With over 150 soul-food classics and beautiful full-color photographs, this book will provide the amateur cook with simple feel-good favorites and the competent chef with flavorsome feasts to impress. So whether you want to indulge in a homey family Sunday dinner, share a barbeque in your yard with neighbors or celebrate at a tailgate party; let The Southern Cook guide you through each nostalgic and tasty mouthful.

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City Creek Candles Giveaway

DSC01188 It’s giveaway time again ladies and gentlemen. City Creek Candles wants to give one lucky Texas Kitchen reader a warmer like I received in my review and the winners choice of wax melt. Whoever wins this is going to love their new warmer. Every fragrance I tried from City Creek Candles has…more

Racinne – Ultimate Youth Power Series

966405_534467103276075_17605577_oBack to our tour of the great lines of products from Racinne. Today we are going to look at the Ultimate Youth Power set. They sent me some sample so let’s check em out

Ultimate Youth Power Creamultimate_youth_power_cream_2

Feels great on the skin. I really like that this cream helps your skin repair itself. Moisturizers and skin protectors give your face a more supple look and feel.


        Contains ginseng callus extract, SH-DP-9 TM and adenosine to reorganize and strengthen skin cells, promoting aged skin cell regeneration and metabolism to start the skin’s self-repairing process revealing skin that is more youthful and supple. By combining natural plant oils that quickly travels to moisturize the surface of the skin, it reduces fine lines and skin dullness whilst provides a natural protection against dehydration –  A perfect solution to signs of aging, regaining your glowing brilliance.

ultimate_youth_power_neck_emulsion_2Ultimate Youth Power Neck Emulsion

Feels like a thick lotion. Has a fresh scent and gives a gentle cooling feel while adding much needed moisture to your neck area. So many people neglect their necks. Ya gotta take care of the neck too y’all. Don’t want to have a youthful face and a great grandma neck. Keep it healthy y’all.


        Utilizing ginseng callus extract, SH-DP-9 TM and adenosine which are highly anti-oxidating along with anti-aging essence and hyaluronic acid creates this ultimate skin repairing formula. It promotes collagen and elastin regeneration, assist in skin cell rejuvenation, and effectively reduces deep set lines around the delicate neck area, while moisturizing the skin’s surface. By using gentle massage motions to enhance firming, leaving skin looking naturally lustrous.

Ultimate Youth Power Eye Creamultimate_youth_power_eye_cream_1_2

Thick cream goes around your eyes to help add moisture and deplete the fine lines around em. Gives your eyes an illuminated appearance.


        An ultimate concentrated antioxidant essence that combines with fresh moisturizing ingredients instantly provides active nutrients to the delicate skin around the eyes, stimulating skin cell regeneration and increasing cell density.
With the combination of SH-DP-9 TM and adenosine, the formula reduces fine lines and diminishes dark spots whilst the combined effect of multi-peptides enhances skin suppleness and provides a youthful radiance with a protective film around the delicate eye area, tightening loose skin for enhanced, charming eyes.

ultimate_youth_power_lotion_2Ultimate Youth Power Lotion

All of the products in this series seem to have a similar scent, Nothing overpowering but quite pleasant. Glides on easily leaving a soft smooth feel to the skin.


        The innovative combination of ginseng callus extract, SH-DP-9 TM and adenosine gives birth to this powerful anti-oxidant formula that reduces fine lines. Hyaluronic acid elements moisturizes skin cells to bring moisture replenishment and retention directly to the deepest layers of the skin revealing more supple smoother skin. The anti-oxidating layer creates a refreshing solution to restore your youthful appearance.

Ultimate Youth Power Serumultimate_youth_power_serum_3

Super slippery. Spreads across face nicely. Applied over Ultimate Youth Power Lotion this serum gives another moisture rich layer of healthy anti aging skincare.


        Using cutting-edge fusion of ginseng callus extract, SH-DP-9 TM , adenosine and acetyl hexapeptide-8 forms this high concentration anti- aging formula to reduces fine lines, brightens skin dullness, activates collagen regeneration and revitalizes skin cells. The high concentration level of ginseng callus extract boosts blood circulation which in turn effectively removes yellow- ish and dull skin tones as well as dark spots. The replenishment of the moisturizing ingredients efficiently moistens skin from the deepest layers, building skin back to its healthy lustre.

ultimate_youth_power_eye_serum_1_2Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum

This serum is crystal clear and also quite slippery. Ya really don’t need much to cover the delicate area around both of your eyes. Gives a lovely cooling feel to the skin as it quenches the skin.


        Using advanced revitalizing technology, high concentration of ginseng callus extracts and SH-DP-9 TM rapidly penetrates the delicate skin around the eyes, awakening the tired aged skin and promoting blood circulation to prevent accumulation of pigmentation and improves dark circles. Combined with natural plant oils that moisturizes deep into the skin cells, the eye serum effectively reduces fine lines, firms and enhances eye contours to instantly reveal a more youthful brilliance.

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The Ladies: Book of Baking

51JOeogTxdL__SY300_The Ladies: Book of Baking

What a great cookbook. Really liking the glittery cover. Shiny thing. Fifty fabulous recipes that will ensure your next get together is truly memorable. Elegant tea party delights, scrumptious looking cakes (frosting recipes included), gorgeous pastries, amazing looking pies, and cookies galore. The list goes on and on. Proper presentation tricks are even included in this great cookbook. Lots and I mean lots of pictures. Y’all know I love that.  All of the recipes are easy to understand and follow. Most recipes even include several pics of the recipe in process so you know you are doing it right. Beautifully done.

Home-baking and tea-parties are back in style so there is no better time than now to dust off the vintage family china and get baking in the kitchen. You’ll find recipes for mini cakes, delicious macaroons, mini pies, delicate cookies,
family cakes, and much more inside this beautiful book. You’ll discover how to become the perfect hostess with hints and tips on creating the right setting for any occasion. Also included are templates for delightful cake flags and gift tags to adorn your cakes and bakes, and party invitations. This book is perfect for anyone who loves baking and all things vintage!.

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City Creek Candles

404_383450855109716_2053674569_n I am a fragrance junkie. I love potpourri, incense and candles. I adore good quality candles. You know the kind you can smell around the room. I hate it when ya buy a candle cuz it smells good, then you get it home and light it and the scent is so faint you can barely tell what it is. With City Creek Candles this is never a problem.

IMG106MARHeritage Collection

Check out the new Heritage Collection available at City Creek Candles. So beautiful and so incredibly fragrant. You can smell these clear across the room. The Heritage Collection is quite stylish. These beauties will look great in almost any décor. What is even more incredible is after hours and hours of enjoying your City Creek Candles the candle holders can be repurposed. Imagine how many uses you can find. I know I will reuse em, they are gorgeous.

IMG63MARThe Heritage Collection distinguishes itself as true home décor pieces that make the home look and

smell beautiful. The Heritage Collection features three beautiful ceramic shapes available in four
sophisticated fragrances. Each candle in the Heritage Collection is poured with white wax, making
each piece versatile in any home décor. Additionally, after the wax has been fully consumed, the
Heritage Collection ceramic piece can be repurposed in the home in a multitude of ways making this
candle truly unique.

Classic CollectionIMG105MAR

You get that same great quality you expect from City Creek Candles in a classy clear holder. Goes beautifully in any décor. City Creek Candles smell wonderful. I really love em. These are long lasting. Even the smaller one burns for 40 hours. That to me is impressive.

The Classic Collection’s elegant glass shapes feature 36 fragrances in a variety of colors and three glass sizes of 22oz, 16oz and 10oz. The Classic Collection candles’ attractive shapes were each designed to pair with one of our warmers.

There are lots and lots of scents to choose from…

Fragrance Styles Available From City Creek Include:

(Many Scents in each category)

Citrus and Fruit

Floral and Fresh

Gourmand and Spice

Green and Herbal

Sea and Sand



Which one is my favorite you ask? I like Pineapple Cilantro. Yes I know it sounds odd, but the smell is absolutely amazing. Sultry, clean, fresh and exotic all in one. I am telling you it’s good to try unfamiliar scents. You just might find your new favorite smell.

DSC01188Fragrance Warmers and Candle Melts

Fragrance Warmers and Candle Melts are another fun way to add aroma to your home. I received the warmer pictured and one that plugs straight into the wall. Available in 36 different scents. So you are sure to find one you love.

Also available from City Creek Candle’s sister company Candle Warmers ETC… 947121_383461465108655_1354308794_nSeveral styles of candle warmers so you never even have to light your City Creek Candle to enjoy that amazing fragrance throughout your home.

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Fantasy Glassworks

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I think nice glasses add a classy touch to any event. Engraved glassware shows even more style. Glassware should be beautiful and functional. Going to someone’s house and using super expensive glasses that are so thin you are afraid to pick em up is no fun. I know at times like that I am praying the entire time that I won’t break anything. Sturdy glasses are tops on my list. That is why I love Fantasy Glassworks. They sent over a custom engraved Prism Rocks Scotch Glass for me to review. I am really impressed DSC01194with how thick the glass is. You will not be afraid to toast with these glasses.

I love that you can get most anything custom engraved on Fantasy Glassware. They have a ton of fonts to choose from too. The glass I received was engraved in McLeod. I think it makes the perfect look for an Irish family name. There are alot of designs that range from sports to roses and everything in between. You can even get entwined rings that are perfect to put on champagne flutes for the bride and groom. They sell so many categories and styles. Just look at this list:

13oz-Coffee-CobaltBeer Mugs and Pilsners

Beverage Glasses

Brandy Glasses

Champagne Toasting Flutes

Cocktail, Scotch and Whiskey Glasses

Coffee Mugs

Glassware Sets

Graduation Gifts

Margarita and Martini Glasses

Picture Frames, Storage Jars and Vases5x7Frame

Shot Glasses

Whiskey Decanters

Wine Decanters

Wine Glasses

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Racinne – Ultimate Aqua Blanc

966405_534467103276075_17605577_oWe are going ahead with our review of some of the products from Racinne today. I was sent samples of two of the Ultimate Aqua Blanc collection to try. Let’s check em out

Ultimate Aqua Blanc Brightening Masqueultimate_aqua_blanc_brighening_masque


First I found it interesting that this masque does not get tight across your face even after leaving it on for the recommended 15 minutes. That is actually a nice feeling to me. With some masques my skin has felt uncomfortably tight towards the end of the treatment. I do not like that extreme tightness. This is not a problem with Racinne. My skin appeared brighter after use.

        Combines snow lotus callus extract with deep-sea pearl essence to produce a double action brightening formula, which rapidly penetrates skin cells, promotes skin rejuvenation, strengthens moisture level and reduces pigmentation. At the same time, it reinforces the skin’s protection and prevention against harmful UV damage and intercepts the early growth of dark spots.  An all-round brightening mask that repairs and enhances silky smooth youthful brightening brilliance.

ultimate_aqua_blanc_boostUltimate Aqua Blanc Boost


Another easy to apple product. Has a light fresh fragrance. Gives your skin a lovely healthy glow.

        Combining snow lotus callus extract and cucumber essence with brightening active ingredients, the boost formula effectively breaks down pigmentation, moisturizes and strengthens skin. Additionally, this formula builds a natural defensive barrier to prevent loss of moisture and fight off age lines to bring skin back to its original supple silky smooth texture and healthy glow.

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” Alone Yet Not Alone” by Tracy Leininger Craven

1285_527497643964986_732028051_n Do your children love to read? Do they love true stories? I was sent a wonderful book called “Alone Yet Never Alone” for review. It is the true story of an immigrant family living in the wilds of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War. It is an excellent book. Full of vivid imagery this tale has a way of drawing you in almost immediately. The action packed adventure is written for children 8 and up. I found it highly entertaining. I learned a lot during my reading adventure as well. I was thinking. this would make a great movie. Then I remembered they are making a movie. You can  see it September 27, 2013. Want to see a clip the trailer is below.
About Alone Yet Not Alone (novelization):
Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America’s new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre.
The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by the Delaware tribe. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.
Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War.
About The Author: 
Tracy Leininger Craven loves history and retelling real-life stories in her historical fiction books. She also loves spending her free time in the great outdoors with her husband David and their four children.

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Racinne – Ultimate Hydra Perfection Series

966405_534467103276075_17605577_oWhether you are looking for an anti-aging cream or an entire new beauty regimen Racinne has products for you. They sent me some samples to try. Let’s check em out

Ultimate Defense Illuminating Creamultimate_hydra_ultimate_defense_illuminating_cream 1

Has the fragrance of fine wine. I get a feeling of intense moisture with use.


        Combining grape callus with seaweed extract, this antioxidant cream transports moisture directly to the deepest layers of the skin to instantly rejuvenate the damaged cells to form a protective barrier and lock moisture in. With strong antioxidant properties, the moisturizing cream also activates the skin’s natural regeneration of collagen, reduces fine lines and dark spots – Skin feels suppler with a radiant glow.

ultimate_hydra_advanced_luminous_gel2Advanced Luminous Gel

Protecting you skin from the harsh impurities present in our everyday environment is easy with this creamy gel. Has just the slightest scent of peaches. Almost not even there. Easy to apply and leaves skin feeling intensely hydrated.


        Organic peach and grape callus extracts with refreshing hydrating components creates a powerful activating gel that rejuvenates and instantly regenerates radiant youthful skin. Natural peach extracts give the skin more vitality and provides a natural barrier that protects the skin from environmental impurities leaving it feeling light, refreshed and glowing luminously.

Essentialift Supplement Serumultimate_hydra_essentialift_supplement_serum3

A little goes a long way. Glides on smoothly. My skin looks fresh and healthy after use. No major fragrance to this one but combination of Racinne products small amazing combined on my skin.


        Contains grape callus extract combined with gingko leaves and other natural ingredients to create strong antioxidants that nourishes your skin. This powerful serum can penetrate to the deepest core of skin cells, attacks dark spots and promotes natural regeneration of collagen; supplying the skin with endless vitality. Skin instantly feels smoother, firmer, glowing radiantly.

ultimate_hydra_optimal_fortifying_emulsion4Optimal Fortifying Emulsion

Seems almost unscented. This clear gel is very slippery so it smooths on easily. Love that it helps my skin renew it’s youthful feel.


        An impeccable hydrating formula of grape callus extract, rare deep sea plant extracts and multivitamins to product a light hydrating formula, balancing the moisture in the underlying cells to help renew skin. Endless replenishment awakens and energizes the tired cells, helping skin to regenerate and allows for a suppler more youthful and radiant complexion.

ultimate_hydra_contour_brightening_eye_care6Contour Brightening Eye Care

Just a drop for each eye will get the job done. Brightens around the eye area. Can really feel the moisture soaking into my skin.


        Contains the natural antioxidant and renewal properties of lemon grass and grape callus extract, this delicate yet perfectly balanced eye care enhances eye contour by reducing eyelid puffiness, dark circles and improving blood circulation. Gently apply a small amount around your eyes and feel it instantly repair and hydrate the sensitive skin area, allowing for a firmer radiant and visibly brighten look.

Gentle Cleansing Foamultimate_hydra_gentle_cleasing_foam7

I love the way this cleanser smells. My face feels extremely clean and refreshed after use. I could get used to this.


        Refreshing cleansing foam penetrates deep into the pores to gently liberate skin from impurities without disturbing your skin’s natural balance. Leaves skin beautifully clean, balanced, and revitalized.

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Free Books – Tyndale Rewards Program

tyndale-house-publishers-rewards-store-logoY’all are like me , ya love free stuff. I know you do, admit it. I found a way to get free Bibles and other Christian books easily and for free. It’s with the Tyndale Rewards Program. Let me show ya what I have learned about this great opportunity.
About Tyndale Rewards
The Tyndale Rewards program is designed to provide you with opportunities to get books and Bibles for zero dollars. That’s right—F. R. E. E. As a member of the Tyndale Rewards program, you’ll have access to inspiring literature, Bibles, special promotional offers, and much more.
Other member incentives include a free gift on your birthday, along with opportunities to share your personal recommendations and feedback concerning Tyndale products. The more participation you have with the program, the more points you earn—and points translate into free stuff!
The Tyndale Rewards program is a great way to get free books and Bibles that you can keep for yourself or give to friends and family. Your journey to earning free faith-based products is here!
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Moon Rabbit Foods – Gluten Free at it’s Best

sidebar_moonrabbit I know many people that have an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is all around us and having a diet that is totally gluten-free can be hard. Finding foods that fit into this lifestyle that actually taste great and are not overly heavy can be difficult to say the least. Moon Rabbit Foods has a great line of products that solve this dilemma. I was sent several packages of Moon Rabbit Foods Certified Gluten-Free Pastry and Baking Mixes for review. Wow am I impressed. Let’s check em out.

Moon Rabbit Pancake & Waffle Mixglutenfreepancakewafflemix

Pancakes are a great way to start the day. Moon Rabbit Foods Pancake and Waffle Mix makes mornings brighter. All Natural, Wheat Free, Soy Free and Non Dairy this mix fits alot of restrictive diets without restricting flavor and quality.

The beauty of Premium Cassava Flour shows through in these pancakes and waffles.  With a slightly nutty flavor and light texture they are meant to be enjoyed with sweet cream butter and pure Maple Syrup.  Try the waffles for brunch with sautéed bananas, toasted macadamia nuts and mascarpone cheese.  Seriously, who needs gluten?- bag yield 24 pancakes (8 per recipe)

glutenfreeoatmealcookiemixOld Fashioned Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Hubby’s favorite. He loves a good oatmeal cookie and these fit the bill. I love the additions that Moon Rabbit Foods recommends. Give em a try y’all.

Our favorite way to enjoy these cookies is to add pecans, dried  cranberries and sunflower seeds.  But we know that whatever your choice of flavors they will soon become your favorite cookie.  Made with Certified Gluten Free Oats.

Moon Rabbit Muffin Mix glutenfreemuffinmix

Who doesn’t love a good muffin? I can easily see muffins being one of the foods I would miss if I couldn’t eat gluten anymore. Moon Rabbit has done it again. This delicious muffin base gives you the perfect way to get creative for breakfast. Moist and yummy.

A great way to start your day.  Don’t be shy- add fresh fruits, nuts, spices, chocolate, seeds and top them with streusel.  Light, tender and moist just as they should be.  No time for another, you’ll be late for work!!- bag yields 16 muffins

glutenfreebrowniemixMoon Rabbit Brownie Mix

Seriously some of the best brownies I have ever had, with or without gluten. We turned these into mini cupcakes since we were having friends over. Everyone loved em. Enough chocolate and not overly sweet. Moist and delicious. Not heavy at all. Our friends were surprised to find out they are gluten free.

We use the same rich 24% Cocoa in our Brownie that makes our Chocolate Cake so wonderful.  Make them fudgy or cake like, it’s your choice.  Add nuts , chocolate chips or Gluten Free butterscotch chips to make that smile even bigger.   Yummy deliciousness at its best. – yield one 9″ x 13″ pan

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