The Elegant And Award-Winning Scale: Ozeri Touch II

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There are many reasons why you should use a good kitchen scale, like Ozeri Touch II, in the kitchen.  I had never used one before now.  My relative, a Type 1 Diabetic, purchased a kitchen scale to help him count his carbohydrates.  A scale can also help you know for sure about portion sizes.

Ozeri Touch II

Americans’ serving sizes have been increasing over the years.  With a kitchen scale, you can know for sure if you’re eating what you think you are eating.  Anyone on a diet may want to measure their serving sizes.

Vegans and vegetarians will use a kitchen scale to make sure they are getting the proper amount of protein.  If they know how many servings of protein they need, they can accurately pre-measure their food.

Kitchen scales are more accurate than just using a measurement scoop.  So, using a scale can be easy and even fun.  And, scales have come a long way.  The older models weren’t nearly as accurate.

Today, we have digital and lightweight kitchen scales.  There are numerous low-prices kitchen scales.  The Ozeri Touch II won the Top Ten Reviews Gold award.  It was rated best in category. I love that it’s not heavy, like the old models used in kitchen years ago.

The Ozeri Touch II is so accurate and can convert to metric.  This is wonderful for cooking with recipes in grams.  It has the ability to weigh from 0.1 ounces to 18 lbs or 1 gram to 8000 grams.

I love the feature of the high-contrast blue backlit LCD screen, that is easier to read. Because of this, I won’t need my magnifying glass or glasses to see the numbers.  It also has 2 touch-sensitive buttons and 4 high-precision GFX sensors.

One thing I worry about with food preparation is bacteria on surfaces.  Bacteria can multiply quickly; doubling every 20 minutes. The Ozeri Touch II is the first kitchen scale to include Microban Antimicrobial Product Protection.  This helps to prevent bacteria growth as well as stains.

The Ozeri Touch II has a slim design and elegant shape.  It looks great in White, and also comes in Red Engine and Teal Blue.  These colors are lovely and you should be able to use one of these in your kitchen.

The button can subtract the weight of your food container, too.  They’ve thought of everything!  2 Lithium batteries are included.  And, don’t reach for your screw-driver.  You won’t need it with this easy-to-access battery compartment.

To purchase your own Ozeri Touch II Kitchen Scale, check Amazon.

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How To Make Fall Festival Foods At Home

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Fall Festival Foods

One of the best things about Fall is the Fall Festival Food.  With so many fall and Halloween festivals to choose from, I always want to find one with great food.  You know what I mean, the kind of food that isn’t good for you.  These are some of my favorites!

But, wouldn’t you love to be able to make some of these at home?  Well, you can.  I’m adding my favorite Fall Festival Foods here with recipes for home-cooking.  What could be more fun?

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 quarts popped popcorn

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place popcorn in a very large bowl.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
  3. Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool completely before breaking into pieces 
  4. Recipe from AllRecipes

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

5 Medium Apples

1 (11 ounce) bag of Caramels

2 Tablespoons water

Insert one stick (from caramel bag) into the stem end of each apple.  Cover a large plate with waxed paper; spray with cooking spray.

Place caramel in saucepan.  Add water; cook on med-low heat for about 3 minutes, or untils the caramel is completely melted, stirring constantly.

Dip apples into melted caramel until evenly coated, spooning caramel over apples if needed.  Allow excess to drip off. Scrape bottoms of apples; place on plate.  Refrigerate for an hour.

Recipe: KraftRecipes

Soft Pretzels


4 teaspoons active yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees)

5 cups flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 Tablespoon oil

1/2 cup baking soda

4 cups hot water

1/4 cup kosher salt (for topping)

Dissolve yeast and 1 t. sugar in 1 1/4 cup warm water. Let sit for about 10 minutes.

In large bowl, mix flour and 1/2 cup sugar and salt.  Make a well in the center; add the oil and yeast mixture.  Mix and form into a dough, if it’s too dry, add one or two more Tablespoons of water.  Knead dough for about 7 minutes, until smooth.  Lightly oil a large bowl and place dough there.  Cover with plastic wrap and let it double in size (takes about an hour).

Preheat oven to 450, and grease 2 baking sheets.

In large bowl, dissolve 1/2 cup baking soda in 4 cups hot water; set aside.

When dough is finished rising, turn it out onto floured surface and divide dough into 12 pieces.  Roll each section into rope shape and then form a pretzel shape.  Dip each pretzel into baking-soda water and then place them on prepared pans.  Sprinkle with kosher salt.

Bake in oven, until brown (about 8 minutes).

Recipe: AllRecipes

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Homeschool Virtual Field Trips

Field trips, field trips, field trips!  Homeschoolers spend a lot of time on field trips.  Most of the field trips we took were relatively close to home.  Doing field trips farther from home costs more money, because of hotels and gas.

Homeschool Virtual Field Trips

We always tried to combine trips farther from home with as many educational journeys as possible.  This was easy to do because we were all history lovers, and there are historical venues everywhere!

But, when you are learning about places very far from home, virtual field trips can be taken.  Virtual field trips can offer the next-best-thing when you are learning about great places.  With the explosion of internet learning sites, we also can discover many links to virtual field trips.

African Elephants

Most of these sites are designed for teachers, so they provide lesson plans, too.  What more could you want?  These great sites can help you plan your lesson or unit study.  If you already have a plan, you can integrate these video field trips into your lesson.

Having pictures and videos will add so much more to the learning experience for your child.  They’ll remember the information easier when they have visual experiences and memories.

Roman Ruins

Check out the links below to see if you want to take a Virtual Field Trip adventure!

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VirtualFieldTrips $45. per year

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Save On Checks

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Are you on the hunt for checks and love to find great deals?  Then, you should check out Checks Unlimited and Designer Checks!  They have just about anything that you’ll be passionate about in their huge design choices!

I’ll share a few of the really great ones here, and you can also look at more HERE.

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Hickies No-Tie Elastic Laces

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I received Hickies laces in exchange for a honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.


Have you heard of Hickies No-Tie Elastic Lacing System?  These little laces are really cool!  I’ve had such a fun time spending time trying the new style of lacing.  Who else wants to try them?

 If you’re like me, you hate tying shoelaces.  When you’re out exercising, no one wants to have to re-tie your shoelaces.  And, even worse than that, is tying your kid’s shoes.  Oh, my!  I’ve spent so much time tying and tying the shoes of my children.  There’s got to be a better way!

Hickies Lacing System is the better way to lace your shoes.  I was sent two sets for a review, and I got to pick a color that matches my own shoes perfectly.  My newer light-grey tennis shoes were the best choice to try out my new Hickies.


When I opened the adult set, I was pleasantly surprised to see the easy-to-follow directions.  There are many different ways to use the Hickies.  I laced mine with the regular pattern.  They show 6 different lacing patterns on the instructions.  This is great for people who need them laced: regular, tighter, looser, extra-loose, loops and mixed. 


These little elastic laces are very easy to insert and they really work well.  I wear a medium shoe, but have narrow heels.  Lacing with the regular pattern fit me well.  There was no slipping when I walked around.  You’ll love the fact that you can just slip the shoes off and on with ease.


I’m ready to do just about anything wearing these Hickies!  If you have kids, you’re going to want these for each kid.  They come in many colors, too.  The mixed colors are also fun and kids will love the choices!  Don’t you love them?  You can get them now with this discount code, especially for Homeschool Insights readers!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  I received Hickies laces in exchange for a honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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Iggy Loo: A New Christmas Classic

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I’m always on the look out for new Christmas Books.  I love to give books to my nieces for their birthdays and Christmas.  Someday I plan to read many books to my grandchildren, too.  Iggy Loo is the type of book I’ll want to give.

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Iggy Loo has always lived in a snow-globe.  One day he has an adventure, and in the end learns a great lesson.  It’s a charming book and the illustrations are gorgeous!  I hope you’ll read it, too!

Author, Maria Ashworth, has written Iggy Loo for readers, 1-101 and you’ll see why.  She has written other charming books that you can find on her website.  You can purchase these books at the following:  Barnes & Noble   Amazon  and local bookstores.

Check out my other Review of Maria Ashworth’s book, My Big Tree

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Iggy Loo

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