The Big Book of Bacon, 100 Best Bacon Recipes + $100 Giveaway

[ 139 ] November 12, 2014 |

MMMM Bacon!  The Big Book of Bacon
The Big Book of Bacon

THE BIG BOOK OF BACON: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig, by Jennifer Pearsall; November 4, 2014, 2014; $19.95; ISBN: 9781629145556

WHAT? 100 Best Bacon Recipes

I received The Big Book of Bacon written by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall to review and enjoy. Can I just say, this is something a bacon lover cannot put down. LIKE EVER!  I mean just look at the recipes

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Satisfy your craving for this “candy meat” with dishes that spotlight bacon (like our Mushroom Swiss Burger), and others that use it as subtle, rich flavor enhancer (like the tart Cherry Tomato Pasta made with nutty zucchini and creamy Provolone sauce). You’ll learn how to cook a slice properly, how to navigate brand thickness and choice, and even how to make a Bacon Bowl! YES, I you read that right!  A BACON BOWL!  Here’s another recipe from the book that I am dying to make:

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Alright, now I know you have an idea of the delectable recipes in this 271 page full color book.  You will love the heavyweight coated stock used to make the book and the oversized format. Every recipe has tips and tricks that help you understand the nuances behind each recipe.  There are photos galore, which is a must for me when using a cookbook.  And well…MMMMM BACON!

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy the Big Book of Bacon at Amazon. You will want one for everyone on your wish list!


The event will run November 12th – 22nd at 11:59PM EST   18years and older, US only.


Winner will win 5 copies of  the Big Book of Bacon ($100 Value), enough to give everyone on your wish list.  This The Big Book of Bacon Giveaway is featured EXCLUSIVELY on our blogso only those who enter here will win.

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Foxcroft Holiday Checklist for Holiday 2014 +$254 Giveaway

[ 429 ] November 10, 2014 |

Making A List! Checking it Twice! Foxcroft Holiday Checklist

Foxcroft Holiday 2014

The Chief Blonde is wearing Foxcroft Mixed Stripe Sweater Jacket ($98), Foxcroft Diane Essential Non-Iron Blouse ($76), Skirt–Forever21 (similar), Boots–the Loft (similar), Necklace and Earrings–Forever Sterling (reviewed here). 

Walt and I headed over to our local nursery after church this week. Bordine’s Nursery in Clarkston was having their annual Christmas Open House event with 20 decorated trees and 10 decorated mantels. You’ll be seeing a post on that really soon! The Purple Majestic Tree Room was the perfect setting to model this gorgeous sweater and blouse sent to us from Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist Collection.

foxcroft Holiday Checklist

A crisp white blouse is the perfect vehicle for under a dramatic sweater and for displaying your statement necklaces.

foxcroft Holiday Checklist

The sweater is quite warm more like a jacket. It’s styling actually reminded me of the boiled wool jackets I wore when I lived in Switzerland.

foxcroft Holiday ChecklistThe sweater and white non-iron blouse can easily be paired with your own accessories and other holiday clothing items. Foxcroft’s clothes will surprise you. The quality is top-notch, but have you visited them lately? You will be quite surprised at all the changes and updates you will see to the site, clothing line, and social sites.

Foxcroft holiday Checklist

This row of holiday trees just made me feel like dancing!

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist will insure you have all the essentials for the holiday!

foxcroft Holiday Checklist 2014

Foxcroft Holiday checklist is a one stop shop so that for all the must haves for your holiday closet.

  1. The White Shirt
  2. Denim
  3. No-Iron
  4. Plaid
  5. Sweaters
  6. Pattern Play

Watch for a outfit post next week on the Foxcroft Holiday Red Wrinkle Free plaid blouse above. It’s another amazing essential to add to my collection.

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Visit Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist of Outfits. You will love all the looks!


This giveaway begins 11/10 at 12:01 am EST and ends on 11/24 at 11:59 pm


$254 Gift Code from Foxcroft to purchase the 3 items I have here or whatever you want from the site under $254.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS LISTED EXCLUSIVELY on my blog, so only those who enter HERE will win.

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Acting Discreet, Always Discreet! Exclusive Sample!

[ 63 ] November 7, 2014 |

Discretion: the quality of behaving in such a way as to avoid revealing private information

 Always DiscreetPracticing Discretion: Questions we all struggle with!

When you were younger (or even today), did you DIE when you had to purchase feminine care items? Did sneak these products on the shopping list so your mom or husband would have to buy them? If you had to buy them yourself, did you buy a massive cart full of other items, so no one would see? Did you pray that you wouldn’t run into a soul you knew, when you had “THAT ITEM” in the cart?

Well, it often feels the same when you are purchasing bladder protection products. Everyone seems to be walking with a hush though the aisle. Each person seems to want to find what they need, and get the heck out of there. It’s just so personal, definitely a situation that calls for some discretion. But these days, is a disguise really necessary?

Always Discreet bladder protection

 Times are changing. You can be discreet and still be real!

When I first started talking about bladder leakage on my blog just a little over a year ago, other bloggers wouldn’t even retweet my tweets! I had several of them tell me “I don’t talk about THAT on my blog”. Now that brands, like Always Discreet, a discreet bladder protection product, have joined the conversation, the open discussion of bladder protection has become more acceptable. I have noticed that women bloggers and everyday women alike are much less hesitant to bring up the topic. Yes, most feel the topic still needs some discretion, but there is no need to disguise yourself in the grocery store or hide bladder protection products under a mass of groceries.

Always Discreet bladder protection

Bladder Protection is just another personal care item

Seriously, we all love to laugh, dance and celebrate, don’t we? And no matter what is going on with my body, I seriously would not want to stop any of those activities. Yet, laughing, dancing, and celebrating can serve as a trigger to those who need bladder protection. This is an issue when you use the newest line of bladder protection products from P&G Always:

  • Always Discreet Liners — Absorbs 2X more than you may need* (*based on average US consumer usage)
  • Always Discreet Pads–Up to 40% thinner* and absorbs 2X more than you may need**(*than the leading brand, **based on average US consumer usage)
  • Always Discreet Underwear

The Always Discreet Liners work great for me. They are ultra-thin and neutralize odors instantly and continuously. Being individually wrapped, Always Discreet liners give me that discretion I need when I carry them in my purse or pocket. I can even use the wrapping from a new one to wrap up an old one for discreet disposal.

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Do you think Bladder protection is a subject that is out in the open?  Discreet? Taboo?

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$199 Janska Josie Vest, Lois Hat, Zoe Scarf Giveaway

[ 448 ] October 31, 2014 |

Simple, Sleek and Reversible: Janska Josie Vest
Janska Josie Vest, Janska Lois Hat, Janska Zoe Scarf

The Chief Blonde is wearing the 2 beautiful reversible pieces provided by Janska clothing: Janska Josie Vest ($129) and Janska Zoe Scarf ($42). Other items: Sears faux leather Jacket (similar), gray boots from Target (similar).

Special Announcement!  I am Janska’s first ambassador!

Before we take a peek at the Janka’s reversible collection, I just wanted to let you know, I have been asked by Janska to serve as their first ever ambassador. During the course of this year, I will be bringing you pieces from their collection via reviews and giveaways. You will hear about all their yummy fleece and all weather lines. So let’s get this adventure started!

The Reversible Collection

Janska Josie Vest, Janska Lois Hat, Janska Zoe Scarf

A perfect fall day at the height of fall color was an obvious choice for this shoot. Walt and I were on the way home from church and found setting after setting to grab gorgeous fall color as a backdrop for 3 pieces from Janska’s reversible collection. I wore the Janska Josie vest over a leather coat to give my coat some extra length and warmth. I often wear this vest in the house over black leggings and a black shirt.

Janska Josie Vest, Janska Lois Hat, Janska Zoe Scarf

I find myself reaching for my Janska reversible collection pieces again and again. Not only are they warm, stylish and cozy, but they are machine washable…if you know one thing about me, I am a mess maker. Washable is an essential factor to me when choosing clothing.

Janska Josie Vest, Janska Lois Hat, Janska Zoe Scarf

Other than the design of the Janska pieces, the aspect that I admire most is that Janska’s products are they are US made. I prefer to wear US made whenever I can…so Janska and I are a perfect fit for one another.

I apparently have my first Janska ambassador fan!

Janska Reversible Collection


still blondePssssst! Janska has two specials going on 11-15 & 16.  20% off the entire Colorado Collection. 

Colorado collection



Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy the Janska Josie Vest, Lois Hat, and Zoe Scarf at Janska’s website.

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Giveaway runs from 11-1 through 11-17 11:59 PM EST US only (where legal) 18+. This Janska  giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win.


$199  Janska Gift Code,  you can choose the items featured in this giveaway post or any items up to a $199 Value

  • Josie Vest- Stone, Reversible Collection $129
  • Lois Hat-Paprika, Reversible Collection $28
  • Zoe Scarf-Paprika, Reversible Collection $42

Non-tranferable must use by Dec. 30, 2014.

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