Shortcut Desserts – 123 Yummy Easiest-Ever Recipes

November 2, 2011 by  
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I love to bake, but I’m not a pastry chef by any means.  I recently received Shortcut Desserts: 123 Yummy Easiest-Ever Recipes from Hearst Magazines, and if you are like me and want to make crowd-pleasing cakes, pies, cookies, and more in no time, this is the bookazine you need to get for the busy holiday season!

A couple of years ago, I tried making sticky buns from scratch.  It was an epic failure!  It took too long, I was too frustrated and they were as heavy as stones!  I tried to use some gourmet recipe with difficult instructions and no pictures.  I did not understand many of the ‘terms’ in the recipe and my end product showed that.

But using Shortcut Desserts, I had a wonderful experience making Pecan Sticky Buns for my family last week.  I really enjoyed making them!

Now I feel confident to try other recipes from this bookazine for desserts that I was just ‘scared’ to make prior; like Spiced Apple Pie or Chocolate Soufflés.

I also already made the Banana Bread from this publication.  It came out so much higher than any other recipe I have ever used.  (I left it in the oven a little too long, and it got dark on the top, so I cut the top off of the loaf).

 You don’t need to skimp on desserts or baked goods because you don’t have time.  These recipes all have shortcuts (hence the name of the bookazine!) that will allow you to piece them together more quickly than a traditional recipe.

The recipes in Shortcut Desserts come from magazines you know well including Good Housekeeping, Redbook and Country Living.

You can find this at your retailer until January 10, 2012 for a mrsp of $9.99.

This post was written for Hearst Magazines who provided the complimentary item in exchange for my honest review.

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Hot Links of the Week – August 17

August 17, 2011 by  
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Welcome to this week’s Hot Links of the Week. If you would like to have your giveaway included in an upcoming edition, please email me the information at anislandreview at gmail dot com.

Please include your blog name, what is being given away, the date it ends, who it is open to (US, Canada, Worldwide) and a link to the giveaway.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out An Island Life’s giveaways located in the sidebar.

FOR EVERYONE

Three Different Directions – $25 Sam’s Club Gift Card (Aug 22/US)
Tours4Fun – 5 Day Hawaii Vacation for two (Oct 1/US)

FOR HER

Pearl Paradise – one Freshwater Set (includes necklace, bracelet and earrings) and four Freshwater bracelets with matching earrings (Aug 26)
Nuts 4 Stuff – Ouidad’s Tress Effects Styling Gel (Aug 30)

FOR KIDS

Autism Learning Felt – Softy Soaker (Aug 20/US & Canada)
Contest Corner – Beanie Designs Hat (Aug 21/Worldwide)

FOR THE HOME

Contest Corner – Chef Boyardee Prize Pack (Aug 24/US)
Contest Corner – Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens (Aug 30/US & Canada)
Nuts 4 Stuff – Byron Bay Cookies and Crispbreads (Aug 31)
Nuts 4 Stuff – Newman’s Own Organics Cookies (Sep 1)

BOOKS, MOVIES & MUSIC FOR GROWN UPS

Contest Corner – Rizolli & Isles DVD (Aug 18/US & Canada)
Play That Now – Jorge Calderon CD (Sep 5/US)

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Hot Links of the Week – August 10

August 10, 2011 by  
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Welcome to this week’s Hot Links of the Week. If you would like to have your giveaway included in an upcoming edition, please email me the information at anislandreview at gmail dot com.

Please include your blog name, what is being given away, the date it ends, who it is open to (US, Canada, Worldwide) and a link to the giveaway.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out An Island Life’s giveaways located in the sidebar.

FOR EVERYONE

Three Different Directions – Heavenly Acupressure Mat (Aug 13/US & Canada)
From Val’s Kitchen – Hellmann’s $50 Amex GC (Aug 15)
Mom Knows It All – Banana Boat prize pack (Aug 16)
Moms Focus Online – Suave Professionals Prize Pack (Aug 17/US)
Mom Knows It All – $25 Walmart GC (Aug 18 )
Mom Knows It All – $25 Home Depot GC (Aug 19)
Three Different Directions – $25 Sam’s Club GC (Aug 22/US)
Reviews by Melinda Joy – $25 JCP Giftcard (Aug 24/US & Canada)

FOR HER

Mom Knows It All – Amy Michelle Go Totes Madison Avenue bag (Aug 17)
Mom Knows It All – Just Jen Custom Rhinestone Tshirt (Aug 20)
Nuts 4 Stuff – Harvey Prince Eau Flirt Perfume Giveaway (Aug 24)

ESSENTIALS FOR BABY & THE NEW PARENTS

Mom Knows It All – $25 My Baby Clothes Boutique GC (Aug 15)
Three Different Directions – PediaCare/Little Remedies Product (Aug 15/US)
Moms Focus Online – Aerolite LX Deluxe Travel System (Aug 18/US)
Mom Knows It All – Learning Curve Lamaze Tummy Time Air Toy (Aug 19)

FOR THE HOME

Moms Focus Online – Cisco Linksys Wireless N Router (Aug 10/US)
Three Different Directions – Wish-Bone Salad Dressings (Aug 12/US)
Moms Focus Online – Unilever Products Prize Pack (Aug 17/US)
Nuts 4 Stuff – California Olive Ranch Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Aug 29)

BOOKS, MOVIES & MUSIC FOR GROWN UPS

Moms Focus Online – Savor the Danger Book (Aug 12/US & Canada)
Three Different Directions – Left Neglected Book (Aug 14/US)

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Hot Links of the Week – August 3

August 3, 2011 by  
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Welcome to this week’s Hot Links of the Week. If you would like to have your giveaway included in an upcoming edition, please email me the information at anislandreview at gmail dot com.

Please include your blog name, what is being given away, the date it ends, who it is open to (US, Canada, Worldwide) and a link to the giveaway.

While you’re here, don’t forget to check out An Island Life’s giveaways located in the sidebar.

FOR EVERYONE

Happily Blended – Ovaltine, $25 Visa Card & More (Aug 3/US)
Here And There – $10 iTunes Gift Certificate (Aug 3)
Happily Blended – Energizer Lithium Batteries (Aug 6/US)
Three Different Directions – Heavenly Acupressure Mat (Aug 13/US & Canada)
Nuts 4 Stuff – Beeyoutiful’s Vitamin C & Odorless Garlic (Aug 16)
Pazsaz Entertainment Network – Xbox 360 250GB Console With Kinect (Nov 1/US & Canada)

FOR HER

Mom Knows It All – The Help movie prize pack (Aug 9)
Nuts 4 Stuff – Redken TOUSLE WHIP 04 Soft Texturizing Cream-Wax (Aug 22)
Town Square Jewelry – 14K Gold Wheat Bracelet (Aug 31/US)

FOR KIDS

Here And There – Endangerables CD and Plush Toy (Aug 4)
Autism Learning Felt – My Pet Firefly (Aug 11/US)

ESSENTIALS FOR BABY & THE NEW PARENTS

Happily Blended – My Baby Clothes Boutique $25 Gift Certificate (Aug 9/US)

FOR THE HOME

From Val’s Kitchen – Johnsonville Burger Coupons (Aug 4)
Three Different Directions – Honey Nut Cheerios Prize Pack (Aug 5/US)

BOOKS, MOVIES & MUSIC FOR GROWN UPS

Three Different Directions – Totally Together: Shortcuts to an Organized Life Journal (Aug 5/US)
Happily Blended – Facercise DVD: Facial Exercises (Aug 6/US)

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