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Yummy Handmade Candies

There is something about candies that lift my spirits and make me happy. I know what you’re thinking. I am like a child. Yes, yes. I am a child at heart and candies always make me feel good. My favorite is hand made rock candies. There is one store in Rockwell that I used to frequent, but when I got too busy with my work, I rarely ever go there anymore.

Then one time, I was doing a research on the internet, I stumbled upon this fun website that sells handmade rock candies. Designer candies. My eyes feasted on their yummy candies, so of course, I ordered. Their candies were definitely not made by amateurs. Just by looking at them, you’ll know right away that they are made by professionals and made with love. And what about the taste? Sweet and delicious!

The twins’ birthday is coming up and I’m thinking of including rock candies and Gourmet swirl lollipops in their loot bags. I think those Happy Birthday candies are really cute and the lollipops will make a pretty centerpiece.

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Candies would make a great gift idea, so if you are attending a special occasion or you simply want to make someone happy, just send her a bag of handmade candies and you will surely make her day.

The website also offers personalized handmade sweets that you can use for your wedding, as promotional items for your company, or give to a loved one. All their items are handmade to order. You choose the design, color and flavor and their confectioners will handcraft your own batch of yummy candy.

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Distilleries Can Have Humble Beginnings

Many of the most popular liquor brands, such as Bacardi Cuba Limited, had very humble beginnings. The bat on the company’s current logo pays homage to the bats that roosted on the rafters inside the building. Stories such as these help prove that the most humble alcohol brands can become world-famous.

Rum as a World Beverage

Rum is one of the best-known beverages around the world and has a close association with the Caribbean for hundreds of years. Cuba was once a leading exporter, largely due to the availability of cane sugar grown on the island that generates yeast. To this day, many people associate rum with tropical-style drinks, and it is no surprise that it is a favorite ingredient in many.

Different Prices and Varieties

A large part of the appeal for rum is the fact that it comes in several varieties. There are many economical spirits options that are perfect for serving drinks at home or in restaurants. Premium, or top shelf, rum varieties are ideal for cooking, such as in a glaze for a rum cake. The premium spirits also make great gifts.

How Rum and Other Liquors Become Popular

The advent of the Internet helped local distilleries to get the word out about the product they produce. Many restaurants use liquors from distilleries in their state, which helps increase interest in these brands that would otherwise be unknown. Award winners also generate a lot of interest, especially when featured in major publications.

How Distilleries Survive Challenges

Natural disasters, as well as other catastrophes, can be turned around for good. Many of the most well-loved alcohol brands are based or were started in countries that have undergone upheavals. One of the things that has helped many of these companies survive is knowing that their brand’s availability is important to many people.

Growth of Other Products

A popular liquor brand can help lead to a demand for other products among its fans. Fans of popular spirits brands have sported T-shirts and other apparel bearing logos and sayings for years. Collectible glasses and flasks are also popular, especially during gift-giving times. Barbecue sauces infused with liquor flavors and meat smoking chips as well as other food products are popular even among cooks who seldom drink because of the unique flavor that they add. Dessert items with liquor flavoring or glazes are also high on many gift-giving lists.

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Bottomless Beverage Choices

Whether an individual is eating in a restaurant or visiting a gas station, there are plenty of beverages that are available. Gone are the days when there were only two brands of beverages that people could purchase. Today, great brands and flavors can be quickly delivered to a home or business with the click of a button. There are some observations that need to be noted when considering beverage options.

The Internet Factor

The Internet has truly revolutionized how people get their beverages. In the past, people would have to contact a particular phone number or address in order to learn about a specific beverage or to have some delivered to a location. Not only that, but also it could be very difficult for a business or individual to advertise about a beverage without spending a lot of money so that people could learn about what it was and why it should be purchased. In the world of today, the Internet enables companies and individuals to sell their beverages and mixes at a competitive price, such as at VlingMixers.com. Furthermore, a website enables brand information and facts to be available to the masses. Finally, the Internet allows people to speak out when they want a certain beverage to come back, such as Surge.

Flavor and Feedback

People like to drink a beverage that tastes delicious. Such a statement may seem obvious, but the fact of the matter is that people are drawn to beverages that are flavorful and delicious. One of the reasons why Pepsi and Coke have done so well over the years is that their core beverages taste great. Each year, new beverages and flavors are released to the public in order for brands and businesses to learn what the public will like. There are times that the public loves a specific type of flavor. At other times, a certain flavor may be a complete dud that no one wants to buy. Businesses and individuals are getting better at identifying the drinks and flavors people like. The result of this is that people can get what they want in a store or on the Internet.

It would be an understatement to state that there are numerous flavors and beverages on the market today. The marketplace has the options that can please everyone at a decent price. People can receive what they want and be satisfied.

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Cooking: One of the best team building activities

When you have a company and you are trying to compete in the corporate world, one of the most important factors that will help to improve your odds of success is teamwork. People need to learn how to work together in order to get the most out of each individual’s unique abilities. However, this is often much easier said than done. Some people are used to working on projects by themselves, or not having to answer to anyone else. There are certain projects that require multiple people to collaborate and share ideas. There are various methods to instill the spirit of teamwork into employees who may not be total team players. Some of these methods have a greater track record of success than others. One method you may have never thought of is cooking. Here is why cooking is one of the best team building activities.

  1. People learn to work well with strangers

One of the reasons why people are apprehensive about working together in a group setting is the fact that they will need to interact with complete strangers, or people they do not know very well. Needless to say, they will need to overcome this fear if they are ever going to become valuable members of your company. If a person is placed in a cooking class with other people, he or she will need to work with the other people on the team. Each person will have their own specific responsibilities regarding the preparation of the food item they are cooking. The only way the food will turn out exactly how it is supposed to be is with all members of the team working together towards one common goal. Cozymeal is a credible company that has a wide variety of cooking and baking classes specifically oriented for corporate team building. Click here for more information on their team building process, and more information on their San Francisco team building activities if you are part of a company in San Francisco bay area.

  1. Employees are taught to adapt to new environments

When your employees are enrolled in a cooking class, it is safe to say that many of them will have little or no cooking experience. They will initially feel uncomfortable in a kitchen environment, not knowing what much of the machines are used for. However, this is a good thing. It will force these employees to adapt to the environment they have been placed in. They will need to learn quickly, and to absorb information as the cooking process moves along. These are valuable traits that will benefit your employees in actual corporate situations. Many employees will be involved in corporate projects where they are forced to learn about topics they may not be totally familiar with. This ability to quickly absorb information is something that all of your employees need in order to succeed.

  1. Rely on other team members

A cooking class is a team effort. All of the people on a team will succeed or fail together. Therefore, the teamwork aspect of the class becomes extremely important. There will be many people who are not used to working in a team situation. They do not like to ask people for help, nor are they comfortable helping others if they are experiencing problems. All of these issues will be learned so that once the class has been completed, each of your employees will feel like they were born to work in a team environment. It will become second nature to them. This type of attitude will benefit your company greatly.

  1. They will learn to delegate responsibilities

Another problem that many of your employees may have is learning to delegate responsibility to other members of the team. It is very common for people to want to handle all of the most important tasks themselves. They believe that nobody else will be capable of handling these tasks as well as they can. Also, they have the fear of being blamed and penalized if another person does not perform the tasks correctly. Needless to say, this type of attitude will not pay dividends in a corporate setting. In a large business, delegating responsibility is a necessity. You need to have faith that other members of your team will be able to successfully complete their assignments. Otherwise, you will have big problems in the future. It is impossible for one person to handle all of the biggest tasks, no matter how great an employee they are.

  1. Cooking is the ideal team building activity

If you are looking for the best way to teach your employees the true meaning of teamwork, you need look no further than a cooking class. This is because cooking a large meal has many moving parts to it. Each person on the team will need to come through on his or her assignment; otherwise the entire endeavor will be a failure. The lessons that your employees learn in a cooking class can easily be applied to team assignments in the corporate world.

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Product Review: Gourmet Living Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

I love using Balsamic Vinegar not just for salads. It’s great as a dipping sauce for breads, especially if you pair it with olive oil. I also drizzle it on our favorite fruits. Today, I will be reviewing the Gourmet Living Balsamic Vinegar of Modena.

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Product Description

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena – Limited production, barrel aged 250 ml IGP Certified Aceto Balsamico – Estate bottled in Italy. This premium balsamic vinegar has the following features and benefits:

– Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. IGP Certified and bottled in Italy.
– Cook like an Italian. Just a few drops of this quality balsamic vinegar creates Chef-Quality dishes
– Barrel-aged wine must from Lambrusco grapes in Modena, Italy
– Essential cooking condiment every home and restaurant chef
– With its distinctive packaging, this is a great gift for all occasions. Consider buying for your friends.

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My Thoughts

One of the things I love about Balsamic Vinegars is how they are bottled beautifully. This one is one of them. It was sealed tightly to ensure freshness and it comes with an insert, so you can control the flow of the vinegar.

One sniff and it tells you that this is made of high quality ingredients. The vinegar is rich with a sweet flavor. It has a nice consistency and it tastes really good.

Overall, this vinegar taste amazing and I love it. If you are looking for a Balsamic Vinegar that’s made of high quality ingredients and tastes great, I recommend that you try this brand.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Gourmet Living Balsamic Vinegar of Modena through the Gourmet Living website and on Amazon. This pretty bottle of goodness would only cost you $36.95.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.

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Buying Seafood Online

Fresh seafood is a tasty addition to a meal. Seafood lovers who do not live near the ocean will be delighted to discover they can buy a variety of fresh seafood from an online retailer.

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Fresh Seafood

Tuna, halibut, sea scallops and shrimp are a few of the types of fish available here. Yellowtail snapper, grouper and swordfish are some of the types of fish that are caught off the coasts of the United States. Seafood from farther away includes Chilean sea bass, Scottish salmon, Australian barramundi and Tasmanian steelhead.

Packages

People who are looking for seafood for a romantic dinner can buy several varieties of seafood for two. A seafood sampler package has lobster tails, shrimp and stone crab claws. Customers can also order packages with medium, large or jumbo stone crab claws for two. Those who are planning a dinner party may be interested in a package of fresh fish that will serve six. This package has salmon fillets, tuna steaks and swordfish steaks. A package that will serve four has shrimp, snapper filets, lobster tails and stone crab claws.

Gift Baskets

Shoppers who are looking for a unique gift can buy a gift set with three types of Osetra caviar, blini and small spoons. A gift set with American caviar has four types of caviar, blini and small spoons.

Fast Delivery

Customers can place orders before noon EST Monday through Thursday to have their seafood delivered the next day. Weekend delivery is not available. The seafood is shipped in a cooler that keeps it fresh.

Being able to order seafood online and have it delivered the next day makes it easy to plan a menu and prepare a delicious meal. Seafood recipes are available on the website of the retailer. People can click here for more information.

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Product Review: Copper Mug for Moscow Mule

I don’t really know if this is true, but according to Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas in your body, (vata, kapha and pitta) and it does so by positively charging the water. It is true however that, copper holds the temperature of the drink for a longer period of time. So, if you put your smoothie in there, you can be sure that it’ll stay cold longer than it would if you put it into a regular glass. Today, I will be reviewing a cute copper mug by PureCopper.

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Product Description

PURE, SOLID COPPER – No nickel, tin, or steel! Our copper mugs are only PURE copper, as your mule deserves! Go for the real deal – get the full experience.

GET HAMMERED – Each mug is carefully hammered to stunning perfection by hand. Thick walls and a classic 16oz size make this the perfect Moscow Mule mug!

ICEY ICE COLD – An authentic copper mug frosts up in seconds! These mugs get COLD – REALLY cold. Super refreshing with a Moscow Mule!

GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! – 100% LIFETIME GUARANTEE. Feel free to send us a question any time!

BONUS RECIPE CARDS INCLUDED – We’re obsessed with inventing fresh new Mule-concoctions. Each mug includes a set of step-by-step recipe cards detailing our favorite Mule creations!

My Thoughts

The copper mug came nicely boxed and inside, it was wrapped in an onion skin paper and plastic to make sure it will not be scratched during shipping. Along with it are some drink recipes that I have not tried, yet. The mug looks really nice and I can say the it was delicately crafted. It is shining and very light, yet it looks strong and durable enough to last a long time.

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I have been drinking my cold water from it and sometimes I use it with my smoothies. The drinks stay cold longer, which is perfect in these hot summer days. This mug is really cool and I would recommend this to anyone.

Where to buy?

You can purchase the Copper Mug for Moscow Mule through the Pure Copper Brand website and on Amazon.

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own and was in no way influenced by anyone or the brand.

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