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Avalon Bay Airfryer Review & Giveaway!


An air what? An air fryer? Yes, instead of frying with oil you can fry with air. Cooking has never been easier and healthier with the Avalon Bay Airfryer AB-AirFryer100R. Why use oil when you can use air and cut out half the calories in the process.

This product is great for making kids meals like french fries, chicken nuggets, grilled cheeses and many many more. My son helped me make chicken nuggets last night and he loved that he could make his own food. Today I was on Fox 5 San Diego and everyone flipped out over the Avalon Bay Air Fryer, and for good reason! They retail at Air & for $129.94 but are on sale right now for only $99. The airfryer comes in three different colors, red, white and black.

Air & Water is a great site, shipping is FREE! If you did need to send something back there is a money back guarantee, no restocking fee, and no return shipping fees.

  • Hassle free clean up with dishwasher safe parts
  • Mesh metal basket helps provide extra crispy results.
  • Rapid Air Circulation Technology which circulates hot air with speed and precision for perfect results
  • Safety Element: 30 minute timer
  • Stainless steel 304 heating element
  • Temperature control of 200-400°F
  • 1 Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty

To see my full review see below:


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To see the Avalon Bay Airfryer in use see the Fox news segment here

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Summer Fun for kids, ice cream in a bag!


Last year on the last day of school we made ice cream in a bag with my son’s class. The kids loved it, and it was surprisingly very simple to make. If you have younger kids like we did (they were in first grade) you may need to help with the shaking. I would recommend wearing a pair of gloves to avoid frostbite! We loved making ice cream in a bag, it is so easy and delicious!

  1. 1/2 cup half & half
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 ziplock freezer bag small
  5. 1 ziplock gallon size bag (freezer bag works best)
  6. 3 cups crushed ice
  7. 1/3 cup rock salt
  1. Put first 3 ingredients in the smaller Ziplock bag and seal bag (Make sure it is closed). Put ice and rock salt in the larger bag and then add the filled small bag. Seal the large bag.
  2. Shake and squeeze bag until ice cream is thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Remove small bag, unseal, and eat out of the bag, poor into a bowl, or put on a cone.
  4. Add any toppings if you wish and enjoy!

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Blue Apron – Dinner ingredients delivered


Cooking is one of my favorite things to do, I love my kitchen, I love all my kitchen gadgets, it is my happy place. I am however notorious for forgetting one or two of the ingredients needed to make something. It is hard to make chili without chili powder, but I’ve done it on one or more occasion. One of my husbands co-workers had mentioned Blue Apron to us and said she could give us a free week, so we said sign us up! Blue Apron delivers to your home all of the fresh ingredients needed to make a delicious meal for as many people as you wish. My husband and I decided to try the 2-person plan with three meals a week to start.

Blue Apron Box 1

When you sign up for Blue Apron you are able to choose between six different entrees. I am not sure why but if you choose one entree it may black out another entree and say it is unavailable. For 2 people doing 3 meals a week the cost is $59.94, so it works out to about $20 a meal for two. Blue Apron sends all of the ingredients to you for the week in one big box, so for us we had 6 meals and all the ingredients delivered on a Wednesday. I was so excited to receive my first box, it was like being a kid on Christmas.

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The first meal I made was an Almond-Crusted Cod with snap peas & radish-red quinoa salad. It took about 45 minutes from prep to finish and I loved all the new ingredients I’d never used before. I am not a huge fan of fish which is why I wanted to try this dish first. If they could win me over on a fish dish I knew I would love everything else. It won my husband and I over big time! We both ate every bite.
2P_032615_2_20R_033115_20Almond_20Cod-2749_high_menu_thumbThe same co-worker that had offered us a free week also offered free weeks to two of my husbands other co-workers. This is where the competition and food pictures began. Every night around 7 my husband’s phone would start erupting with dinner photos. The picture below was our second meal, Piri-Piri Chicken with coconut smashed plantains and stewed collard greens. I had never cooked with plantains or collard greens before and was hesitant about what it would turn out like. This meal was one of our favorite out of the 9 meals I cooked for us. I believe it may have won best picture that night from my husband’s co-workers. It was so fun to have a competition, a cooking competition at that with all of the men my husband works with. He works for a TV sports company a big TV sports company and to see all these men cooking almost every night and sharing their stories the next day was so funny, but they are men and I suppose can make anything into a competition.

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We love SusieCakes in La Costa!



SusieCakes is finally coming to San Diego, they are opening their first ever San Diego location in Carlsbad on March 21st. SusieCakes is an all-American, homestyle bakery specializing in you guessed it cakes! The cakes are all made from scratch with a one-of-a-kind taste without any artificial preservatives and flavors found at most grocery store bakeries. All of the recipes are straight from Susie’s grandmothers original 3×5 recipe cards, and believe me you can taste the difference.

Luscious Lemon Cake

Susies Cakes

We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the new store and all of the amazing treats yesterday. Some of the favorites are of course Susie’s Famous Southern Red Velvet, Carrot Cake and my personal favorite the Tropical Coconut Cake. The Coconut cake is a vanilla cake with layers of pineapple accented with coconut filling, and topped with fluffy coconut buttercream and shredded coconut, there are no words for how delicious it was. My mothers favorite cake was the Luscious Lemon, with layers of vanilla cake filled with smooth and tart lemon curd, topped with vanilla buttercream, it was perfection. The lemon cake was a little much for me (although I’m not a lemon fan to begin with) because chemo has killed some of her taste buds I was so happy to find something she really enjoyed. I’m pretty sure I know which cake I will get her for her birthday! For the full menu of specialty layer cakes, cupcakes, pies, puddings, cheesecakes, cookies, bars and custom layer cakes click here.

Sweetheart Cookies – Two sugar cookies sandwiched together with rich buttercream

Sweetheart Cookies

This Saturday is the grand opening of SusieCakes in the La Costa Town Square shopping center, located at 7610 Via Campaniele in Carlsbad, CA. The opening celebration will include complimentary desserts, face painting, balloon artists, and kids coloring contest from 1 p.m. to 4 .m. A big reason you will not want to miss this is you could win FREE CAKE FOR A YEAR, yes people, I said a year! This is not some ordinary cake either, it is quite possibly the richest, most mouth-watering cake you will ever have.

Whoopie Pie, Susies Signature Frosting-Filled Cupcake, & Chocolate Chip Cookie all can be customized


If you are unable to make the opening day celebration not to worry SusieCakes has you covered. For the first month of the store opening there will be weekly specials you will not want to miss. On Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. is Cupcake Happy Hour, where if you purchase one cupcake you get another for free. On Wednesdays children 10 and under will receive a free mini cupcake with any purchase. Last but I promise not least on Fridays you can Celebrate Your Sweetie with a buy one slice of cake get another free from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Nicole Hughes Founder SoCalSavvy Mom & Susie Sairch Founder SusieCakes

Nic and Susie

Don’t forget to stop by SusieCakes this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for some great family fun, or stop in anytime at the new Carlsbad location in the La Costa Town Square. #SusieCakes

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Easy, DIY, Marshmallow Easter Treats


Sprinkles Treat 1

We had so much fun making these marshmallow treats last night. Not only are they very easy to make, it is a blast making them!

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We used white chocolate chips and melted them in the microwave at 30 second increments until it was melted. I added a tbsp of vegetable oil to make it easier to work with, my son wanted to add food dye. The colors he chose didn’t turn out so pretty, I would recommend just sticking with the white melted chocolate and not adding color.

After putting the marshmallows on sticks, pretty self explanatory there, we dipped them into the melted chocolate. Right after dipping in the chocolate we dipped in the sprinkles. We tried different color sprinkles but because it needs to be fully covered for the finished look none turned out that great.

Sprinkles Treat

After dipping into the chocolate and the sprinkles, set on wax paper to dry for about ten to fifteen minutes. Be careful with the finished product because the sprinkles like to fall off.

Sprinkles Treat 2

After the treats have set, and are firm to the touch, wrap in any decorative wrap you may have. I found this really cute duck paper at Michael’s for $0.25 a roll a few years back and was able to grab a few rolls of it. Always check Michael’s clearance area, I believe I found it in the middle of summer.

Sprinkle Treat with wrapper

The perfect finishing touch, put in a basket and add a little rubber ducky to pull it all together. I plan on taking these to my mom’s chemo nurses tomorrow, they loved the Valentine’s Oreo treats so much, I hope they like these too!

Sprinkle Treat in basket

Fun St. Patrick’s Day Treats


St. Patrick's Day Rice Crispy TreatsRice crispy treats are a favorite in our house, yet another reason to love them is you can make them for any holiday. We have made Christmas trees, pumpkins, Easter Eggs and now four-leafed clovers! Not only are they very easy to make, they are also delicious to eat as well. My son helped with every step of making these and had a blast while doing it.

Ingredients Needed:

1 box rice crispy cereal

1 bag of marshmallows

Green food dye

Butter (we used coconut oil instead)

Melt 2 tbsp of butter and 40 marshmallows in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Mix melted ingredients together and add green food dye. Add 4 cups of rice crispy cereal, add another cup if needed. Let set for about 5 minutes and then use cookie cutter to cute out. We used a coconut oil spray and sprayed the cookie cutter a few different times so the rice didn’t stick to it. After you have cut them out set on wax paper to set. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Rice Crispy Treats 2


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