Diana Rambles

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SNICKERS® Xtreme Apple Poke Cake

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All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias 
Do you ever get a little hostile when you are hungry? I sure do. It seems to sneak up on me in the late afternoon when I am taking my kids to activities. Often when I am in the car. When I am away from home and don't have something to snack on. I get mad at other drivers and short with my kids. Then I get the shakes. When I have the shakes, I really have trouble focusing and the rest of the day is shot. I never know when this is going to come on. I usually have a some fruit with me, but it barely takes the edge off. Sometimes I need more of a pick me up, so I stop into Walgreens and we pick up some SNICKERS®. We pass several Walgreens each day, so it's quick and easy to pop in and pick out what we want.
My personal favorite is the SNICKERS® Almond. They help me go from hungry and cranky to happy mom.
The fun size are perfect for a little pick me up. They fit into my purse and I can grab one when I'm hangry.
Last time we were in Walgreens, I noticed SNICKERS® Xtreme. It does away with the nougat in a typical Snickers and replaces with with more peanuts and caramel. All that caramel and peanuts makes me think of the SNICKERS® Caramel Apple Salad that I've seen at potlucks. My favorite dessert right now is cake, so I thought that I would combine that classic salad with a cake. I came up with this new recipe.

SNICKERS® Xtreme Apple Poke Cake

Yellow Cake Mix
2 eggs
1 can of apple pie filling
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
jar of caramel sauce
container of whipped topping
2-3 SNICKERS® Xtreme candy bars
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare your 9x13 pan. Mix the yellow cake mix, 2 eggs, and apple pie filling with a mixer for 2 minutes. You can cut the apples in the can before combining with mix to make the pieces easier to blend. Pour into pan and bake 32-38 or until toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool for about 30 minutes. Use the end of a wooden spoon and poke holes in the cake every 1 or so. Mix the condensed milk and most of the caramel sauce in a bowl and microwave for a minute, stir, then microwave another minute. Pour this mixture slowly into the holes in the cake. Cover and refrigerate until cool. Frost with thawed whip topping. Chop the SNICKERS® bars into small pieces and sprinkle on top of cake. Drizzle the rest of the caramel sauce on top and serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.
This is really rich and yummy! My kids picked off the SNICKERS® and ate them before eating the cake. I enjoyed the cake and SNICKERS® in the same bite. See more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories on the SNICKERS® social hub.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Sweet Potato Latkes

Right now I cannot get enough sweet potatoes. I add them to casseroles, grill them, plan fry them, and whatever I can think of. Here is my latest idea.
Sweet Potato Latkes Pancakes low carb
We aren't Jewish, but we love Latkes (potato pancakes). We don't make them very often because of the carbs in the potatoes. With Passover coming up, I've seen a few latke recipes posted. It got me craving them but I didn't want the extra carbs. It dawned on me that I can substitute sweet potato and almond flour.

Sweet Potato Latkes

2 cups sweet potato, shredded
1 egg
1 tablespoon almond flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt (mine has parsley flakes mixed in)
1/4 teaspoon cumin
pepper to taste
oil for frying
Heat oil over medium to medium high heat in a frying pan. Mix the remaining ingredients. When oil is ready drop a forkful of the mix into the oil. I was able to do 4 at a time. Fry for a few minutes per side. Length of time depends on how brown or crispy you want them.
When they are done pull them from the pan (I use my handy dandy Latke Spatula) and placed them on a plate covered with paper towels to absorb the extra oil. Only let them sit a minute or so because they are best served warm!
latke potato pancake spatula
Serve with your favorite toppings. The other night we had them smothered with Ranch Style Beans and cheese dip. As I was typing up this recipe, I had to stop and make some for breakfast.
Have you ever had latkes? What would you serve on top of yours?
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Pin Me Linky Party 130

We've been having a laid back spring break. Not too warm, but not frigid either. We are glad we didn't see any snow! There were such great links last week that I am featuring six today.
Crib turned Dog Crate from My Love 2 Create - Amazing project!!
Strawberry ShortCake Cookies from Always Savory - Yum Yum!!
How to Make a China Tea Cup Wreath from Penny's Vintage Home - This is how she does her fantastic decorating!
Rainbow Pancake Bites from Her Organized Chaos - Cute & yummy!
Lemon and Passion Fruit Cupcakes from Annie's Noms- WOW! I want some!
Make Your Own Canvas Beach Windbreak from Make Something Daily - Brilliant idea!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Keeping Fit and Saving with Walmart Best Plans

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A few months ago we got our son a phone with Walmart Family Mobile. That smart phone was a smart decision because the service and price is great! We were unsure the service would be reliable since it was a month to month plan, but there have been no issues at all. In fact, there are some places (our best friend's house) where our big name contract phones struggle for 1 bar, but my son is receiving full data. This has convinced us that it's time to switch!
Unfortunately, I have to wait until the contract on my line is up, but my husband's line was up this month and we got to switch him. He's been using my old Iphone 4s, which isn't the fastest thing out there. In fact, we were being charged for 4G LTE, but that phone is only capable of 3G. Walmart Family Mobile allows you to bring your own phone, but he wanted something new and fast!
We marched into the store to check out the offerings from Walmart Family Mobile. Like our first experience, the wireless specialist that assisted us was super friendly and helpful. He had a great knowledge of the phones and was able to answer all our questions. He had us connected and out the door quickly. My husband settled on the Samsung Galaxy Avant. The Avant is on rollback from $199 to $149. My husband is thrilled with his new phone. He loves the size, but the speed is what has him really happy. He's having lots of fun testing out the apps on the phone.
His favorite app is for biking and running. He commutes to work nearly everyday of the year by bicycle, but with the arrival of spring he exercising even more. He loves having this new phone to record his run and rides. He uploads his results to Facebook at the end of the workout. He loves going through the bike stats on the app to see how fast he stacks up against other riders on the same routes. He removes the case I got him for the phone, and slips it into the armband while he exercises.
We know we are going to save with this phone. Walmart Family Mobile service is $29.88/month (for the first line) Unlimited Talk, Text & Data service plan which includes up to 500MB of 4G LTE data. We have calculated around $60-70/month over our contract. That's $720-840 a year. Yeah! That means more money for travel! What would you do with an extra $700+ a year?
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/aafid or your local Walmart for current pricing.