Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 3/23 #giveawaylinkup

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Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Be Good, Think Good, Do Good: Karma Cards + FREE Offer

This post brought to you by AmazingKarma.com. The content and opinions expressed below are that of The Eclectic Element.



I grew up with two life-long practicing Catholic parents until I was around 8 or 9 years old. Both of them came from very religious backgrounds and did their best to instill that faith in my sister and I. We went to church, I had my first holy communion, and I even did religious lessons with a very no nonsense nun whom I really wish I could remember the name of.

Once I grew older, I started to question things when it came to religion. We had also moved back to Illinois from my father's previous relocation to Kentucky 18 months prior and, try as they might, my parents could not find a church they felt was the right "fit". Everything seemed too commercial and eventually they gave up their search to become non-practicing Catholics leaving my sister and I to figure out what we wanted to do for ourselves.

Like I said, as I grew older I very quickly realized organized religion was not my thing. Through some experimentation, research, some trial and error, and of course some very traditional Catholic guilt I realized I'm not religious at all; I'm spiritual. I believe ALL religions are right and there is no right or wrong god, goddess, or deity as long as people need that kind of comfort and community in their lives.


 
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Friday, March 18, 2016

My Fentanyl Nightmare & Unethicalness at it's Finest


Little known fun fact: did you know a pain management specialist can discontinue treatment without helping you off addictive narcotics they had been prescribing you without notice or aid in getting you off said addictive narcotics?

Unethical? Absolutely!

Legal? Sadly, yes.

Thus is my current predicament and let me tell you, I respect the heck out of people who are addicted to something or another and do their best to kick the habit, especially when it comes to highly addictive drugs.


My #Fentanyl #nightmare & #unethical behavior at it's best. See why I hate most #doctors & had to #detox from a class 1 #narcotic drug by myself! #chronicpain #painmanagement #chroniclife #lymedisease



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 3/16 #giveawaylinkup

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Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

If you enjoy entering and linking up giveaways and want to share this opportunity with others please feel free to consider sharing via social media! Here's a handy already composed tweet you can easily re-tweet: 



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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 3/9 #giveawaylinkup

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Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

If you enjoy entering and linking up giveaways and want to share this opportunity with others please feel free to consider sharing via social media! Here's a handy already composed tweet you can easily re-tweet: 




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Win a Pair of AfterShokz Bluez 2S Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones!!


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Monday, March 7, 2016

It Could be Worse: An Irish Lesson + Gluten Free Mint & Cookie Vanilla Cake Recipe


The month of February, Valentine's Day, and everything pink, white, and red has sped right on by and landed us at the beginning of March. Unfortunately here in Illinois, also known as the land of temperamental weather, Winter has not sped by as fast as February did.

We're still getting freak snow and ice storms in between 50 to 70 degree weather. Go home Illinois, you're drunk!

Before we know it the next major holiday will be here: St. Patrick's Day.

Ever since I was younger I've always felt a certain draw towards Ireland. At one point when I was healthy, I actually wanted to go to college in Ireland; part of me still would love to fulfill that strange dream if at all possible. Actually, I just want to live there, if only for a little while. Maybe I'll be able to figure out why, oh, why I feel such a strong draw to that particular place one day.

In honor of St. Pattie's Day, I wanted to share an old Irish proverb I found that fits perfectly the theme of this post:


"There's nothing so bad that it couldn't be worse."



This is exactly how I felt when I went to bake some cupcakes for a separate post and this is what happened not more than 5 minutes after I popped them into the oven:




The clue that something wasn't quite right was the sudden smell of something burning. Let me tell you, there was a lot of scrambling, a burn or two, and some possible foul language for a minute there...

I nearly cried. I felt guilty. I was a hot mess, figuratively and literally.

Then I realized things happen and it could have been worse. If I had to throw it all away I would but not before I at least tried to salvage the situation. So with my best try, I brainstormed and remembered I had a container of Glutino gluten free chocolate cream cookies and a light bulb went off.

Thanks to a Pyrex baking pan and Glutino, I turned an overflowing cupcake disaster into a downright delicious cake!



Gluten Free Mint & Cookie Vanilla Cake

(serves 10 to 12*)





Ingredients: 

Cake:

-Gluten free vanilla cake mix*
-1 package of Glutino gluten free chocolate vanilla cream cookies
-1 cup butter
-4 eggs
-2 tsp vanilla
-1/4 cup applesauce
-1 2/3 cups milk
-2 to 3 drops of peppermint essential oil

Topping:

-1 container of Pamela's Vanilla Frosting Mix*
-8 tbsp butter (room temperature)
-6 to 8 gluten free chocolate vanilla cream cookies
-1 package of Guittard green mint baking chips


*Depending on what baking mix you choose your needed ingredients will vary. Make sure to keep that in mind! The different mixes also have different serving sizes.

*I had Pamela's vanilla frosting mix on hand but ingredients will also vary depending on what you choose.



Instructions:


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grab your preferred baking pan (I used a 8x11 glass Pyrex rectangular pan) and grease it up with whatever you prefer (cooking spray, butter, etc).

2. Add dry cake mix to a large mixing bowl. Add butter, eggs, vanilla, milk, and applesauce and carefully mix until batter is all smooth. Add your peppermint essential oil and stir. Since essential oil is strong, there is only need to add 2 to 3 drops to the batter. Pour into your respective baking pan(s).

3. Once in the pan(s), break out your package of Glutino's gluten free chocolate vanilla cream cookies and take out 6 to 8 full cookies, place them in a clear zip lock bag, and use a rolling pin to crush them into small to bite sized pieces. Dump the crumbled cookies into your batter and stir until evenly distributed.

4. Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes (or however long your baking mix instructions specify). Once done, take out and let cool for 5 to 7 minutes.

5. 10 minutes before the cake is done or while the cake is cooling, it's time to make the frosting. I used Pamela's gluten free vanilla frosting but you can easily use something else or make frosting from scratch if you wish. Once done, add 1 to 2 more drops of peppermint essential oil and mix thoroughly. Spread frosting across entire surface of cooled cake.

6. Take out 4 to 5 more vanilla cream cookies and crush them like you did when we added them to the cake batter. Once crushed, carefully spread them evenly across the surface of the cake making sure they stick to the frosting.

7. When done with the layer of crushed cookies, break out your package of Guittard green mint baking chips and pour 1/4 cup into a microwave safe bowl. Pop bowl into the microwave and microwave in increments of 15 seconds, stirring in between increments, until melted.

8. Dip a spoon into your melted mint baking chips and drizzle across entire cake's surface until desired amount is achieved.

9. Slice and enjoy!



Ever have a #cooking or #baking mistake? Check out my oops and enjoy this delicious gluten free mint and cookie vanilla cake recipe! #glutenfree #mint #vanillacake #StPatricksDay
Ever have a #cooking or #baking mistake? Check out my oops and enjoy this delicious gluten free mint and cookie vanilla cake recipe! #glutenfree #mint #vanillacake #StPatricksDay


Thankfully this big blogger oops was saved by some quick thinking and a container of Glutino's gluten free chocolate vanilla cream cookies. I wasn't quite sure the overflowing cupcakes would be salvageable but I was more than pleasantly surprised at the outcome!

My family was pretty happy with the result as well; I made this cake on a Monday and by Friday it was pretty much gone. I guess that's the best compliment a cook and/or baker can get, right? 



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Disclaimer:  I am part of Glutino's blogging team and received compensation and/or product from Glutino.com for the below post. All opinions located in post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research before you commit to buy a product or service as your opinion and experiences may vary.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Win It Wednesday Giveaway Link Up 3/2 #giveawaylinkup

Come browse, enter, and link up #contests & #giveaways on this week's Win It Wednseday linky! via @theeclecticelement #contestlinky #giveawaylinky



Win It Wednesday is a day for showcasing, browsing, entering, and linking up contests-Have a contest that needs a little extra exposure? Feel free to link it up! Your contest may even be featured in next week's post.

NOTE:: Linking up your contests on my Win It Wednesday linky below automatically puts them on my Ongoing Contest Linky so no need to link up twice.

DOUBLE NOTE:: You only have to submit your contest link ONCE because I manage the ongoing list myself, deleting contests as they expire.

If you enjoy entering and linking up giveaways and want to share this opportunity with others please feel free to consider sharing via social media! Here's a handy already composed tweet you can easily re-tweet: 




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Win 1 of 3 SAZAC Kigurumi of Your Choice!! 


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