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Heavy Duty Cart – Rubbermaid

Is love to strong of a word?  I don’t think so.

We purchased a Heavy Duty Rubbermaid Cart so we could transport equipment and ingredients into our commercial kitchen, when we manufacture Mama’s Sauces.

We had a 50th birthday party at a hotel and we had so many decorations, food and liquor that we took the minivan and brought the cart.  We used it to load and unload all of the party supplies and turned the cart into a wheeled bar table. It was perfect.

Practical Uses:

  • Travel – gets stuff in and out of the car faster (if you have the room to take it)
  • Construction cart
  • Wheeling bar table (we put a tablecloth on it and used it as a bar)
  • Moving
  • Large grocery trips
  • Manufacturing Sauce
  • Self Storage – This cart is much nicer than the carts provided
  • Data Center moves

The cart is sturdy and easy to assemble.  After 5 years it still rolls smooth!  Great for moving everything around on a daily basis and it can hold up to 500 pounds, 250 lbs on each level.  That’s pretty impressive! #Carts, #Sturdy, #Cartlove, #Storage, #Rubbermaid


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The BEST water bottles

Ever have a bottle tip over and start leaking your beverage of choice all over the floor of your car, carseat, laptop, important business papers, onto your clothes?  I have, what a mess and always at the worst time.

We found these Contigo bottles about 1.5 years ago and we LOVE them, which is why I have to tell you all about them.  Not only do they look fabulous and have many different color lids, they autoseal, are leak and spill proof.

Adult Contigo Bottles

  • Two sizes: 20 oz Contigo Bottles and 24 oz Contigo bottles
  • No straw or nipple mouthpiece, they can get nasty, you know what i’m talking about
  • Keeps ice for up to 28 hours
  • Snap lock and a handle, for easy carrying
  • Multiple colored tops
  • Fits in a standard cup holder
  • Cleaning is a breeze with this bottle brush for $4.99 from Oxo
  • Lid is dishwasher safe – top shelf only
  • Hand wash the bottle – to preserve the vacuum seal

We have 4 bottles with different color lids to help tell them apart, the lids are universal and fit both the 24 and 20 oz sizes.

General Uses:

  • Pool
  • Car
  • Boat
  • Nightstand, the cats used to drink from our water glass and would frequently tip it over in the middle of the night
  • Travel, when traveling by plane, we bring them empty and fill them up once we get to the otherside of security

Tips and Tricks:

  • Release the pressure inside before you drink (especially if you are flying).  Push the button, pop the top, then drink
  • Don’t use them for hot liquid
  • Don’t get the painted/colored stainless steel versions, they are pretty, but the color ends up peeling off


Our grandkids (2 & 4 years old) loved ours so much, we looked for a kids version and THEY HAD ONE!  Look at the color options and Mama loves them too.

Kids Contigo Bottles

  • 100% BPA free
  • 14 oz Contigo kids have multiple color options (2 or 3 packs)
  • Dishwasher safe – top rack, both pieces
  • Easy to use
  • No straws or leaks, they autoseal and are spill proof
  • Fits in the cup holder on the car seat or backpacks

We have tried 54 oz Bubba’s and they are nice and big and have big wide bottoms, but if they knock over, they leak and they don’t fit into your car cup holder.  The Tervis and Yeti tumblers, keep your beverage cold, but the straw hole is going to leak when it tips over.

Contigo also has a great customer service department and warranty.  My lid broke, I called, and they sent me a replacement right away!

Give them a try and let us know what you think!

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Low Carb Pancakes

Recipe’s, they are so awesome.  Everyone has their own tastes and make changes to suit their own liking.  Here’s one of my favorites!

Low Carb Pancakes

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 oz cream cheese (full fat)
  • 2 oz heavy cream
  • *2 Tbsp coconut flour 
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • splash of pure vanilla

Blend it all together, let it rest for a minute or two, grease the skillet, the first time… and go… no need to add butter between each batch, unless it sticks.  This recipe made about 14 little pancakes, perfect for two.

  • You could use fine almond flour as well, but if you do, use only 1 oz of heavy cream.  Add more cream to thin the batter/pancake.

Rasberry Topping

  • 6-8 oz Rasberries
  • 8 grams Swerve

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Rasberry Parfaits – Low Carb

Who doesn’t love a good dessert?  I have been on a low carb/keto friendly diet since July of 2017.  I love a sweet treat at the end of the day.  Honestly, I have so many less cravings, but when I do, this is usually my go to:

Rasberry Parfaits

Serves two
  • 1 8 oz container of Mascarpone Cheese (room temperature) (cream cheese can be used
  • in it’s place)
  • 2 cups fresh rasberries
  • 1/3 cup Swerve (a natural sweetener that does not spike your insulin level and no bitter aftertaste)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • dash of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Blend all of this together with a mixer until the heavy cream sets and then gently layer cheese mixture, rasberries, cheese mixture, rasberries.  The nice thing about this recipe, is that it is so versatile.  Here are a few flavor ideas, if you should get bored with this recipe.

You only need about a tablespoon to satisfy you (think fat bomb).

Flavor ideas

  • Chocolate:  Melt a square or two of unsweet chocolate and add it to the mix.
  • Mocha:  Add a shot of espresso or cold brew coffee shots and a square of melted unsweet chocolate
  • Almond:  Use almond extract instead of vanilla or add it in addition too.
  • Almond Joy:  Use almond extract, add a 1/4 cup toasted unsweet coconut
  • Cheesecake:  Use cream cheese instead of mascarpone
  • Pecan crumble topping – saute some pecans in butter and swerve, dash of cinnamon
  • Fancy – mix rasberries with some balsamic vinegar and a touch of swerve (to taste)
  • Reeses:  Add 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter and some melted unsweet chocoloate

Be creative and explore your cravings, please feel free to add any flavor profiles that you try and love.

Toasted toppings.

  • 1/4 cup coconut or pecans (or both)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • 1 Tbsp Swerve

Toss these together over heat until they begin to toast, let cool and sprinkle on top of your dessert.  Enjoy! #fatbomb, #lowcarb, #dessert, #swerve, #sweettooth, #rasberryparfait

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