2015 Product Gift Guide - Holidays

Morning Coffee (3/26) The OA Season 2, Copycat Olive Garden, Unicorn Slippers, Galaxy Knives, Personalized Starbucks Cups, Balloon Animal Kit, Banana Cupcakes + More!

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Grab a cup of coffee (or tea), sit back, and chill out for a bit with us this morning!  We’re so happy you joined us for our morning coffee!  We’ll meet you every weekday morning, right here on the blog, around 9am CST (7am PST, 10am EST) to share a cup of joe with you, talk about what’s on our minds, sneak in some awesome deals we spot, talk about our meal plans for the day, and anything else that comes up!  Feel free to chat it up in the comment section, and tell us how you’re feeling, what’s going on with your life, current events, things you’re excited about or bummed out about, and anything else you want to chit-chat about.

Now….refill that coffee and let’s get to chatting with our Morning Coffee!


The OA season 2 is finally here!  I (Jeni) am super excited about it. It’s been a LONG wait for the second season, that’s for sure (over 2 years!).  If you aren’t familiar with the show, it’s a weird one, for sure.  So this woman returns home after disappearing 7 years ago, and to everyone’s surprise, she’s no longer blind anymore. She refuses to talk, and then it just keeps getting weirder and weirder.  It’s one of those shows that makes me scrunch my face with a “wtf” look, but I can’t stop watching because it’s drawn me in – all at the same time.

So, the second season is here and I haven’t watched yet, but I’m definitely excited!  No spoilers please 🙂

Do you watch any WEIRD shows?

I (Sarah) think Olive Garden might be my favorite restaurant.  I have allergies, and the cook there will cater to that, to help me enjoy the food they offer. I love it! Maybe it’s just the restaurant near me that does that, but I like to think every chef will do that for their customers.  Anyway, last night we went for dinner.  And the waitress told us about this list of copycat Olive Garden recipes!  Dare I try to make some of my favorites at home?  I do dare! 🙂  I’m starting with Zuppa Toscana Soup… wish me luck!

What’s your favorite Olive Garden dish?


This is too cute!  We love educational toys, for sure.  This Magnetic Poetry Kids Story Maker kit has over 150 magnetic word titles so your kids can create messages, poems and more!  They are also color-codes for types of words (verb, noun, etc.) and have more perks, too.  Plus, they are under $20!

Monopoly for Millennials.  🙂  Too funny and super cheap right now – just $20.29!

SO CUTE!  This women’s FAITH t-shirt is just $14.99.  Oh, and so is this adorable LOVE t-shirt, too!

Ok, THIS is genius.  When you’re rolling out dough, and need it to be about 1/8th inch thickness, for example, how do you know that you’re really making it 1/8th inch, and making the entire disc of dough the SAME size?  You don’t! This smart rolling pin has removable rings, so you can set them to the size you need, and ensure even rolling!  SO SMART!  AND it’s on sale for $15.79 + a possible additional coupon!


As a snack food blogger (my other blog is Snack Gator), I (Jeni) get treated to some FUN things from companies.  I recently got some super duper adorable unicorn slippers from Lucky Charms, as a promotion for the new Marshmallow Only promotion.  They also sent these crazy tacky but awesome Lucky Charms Marshmallow Club member jackets, and the Marshmallow only cereal, too.  I LOVE the slippers and found them on Amazon, so you guys can get them, too!

Do you have a favorite pair of slippers?

These have to be the coolest knives ever!  This is a “Cosmos” knife set…and it’s $50!  Is that a lot for a set of 6 knives?  I (Jeni) don’t know – but they sure do look cool!

Do you have any kitchen accessories that are out of the ordinary?

Last night, I was scrolling Instagram.  And this picture grabbed me.  I normally don’t drool when I see yummy looking food in a picture, because, hey, it’s a picture, right?  But this one. This one.  I literally started drooling, you guys! I don’t know if it’s the grease or the beef or bacon or cheese or all of it together… but I seriously and literally drooled.

Do you ever see images that make you drool?

Hehehe!  These are too cute!  They are personalized Starbucks Coffee Cups!  There are 24 color choices and you can personalize the name and “type” of coffee.  They are reusable, 16 oz cups that will score you 10¢ off refills when you use them at Starbucks – extra score! 🙂  AND they are handmade, making them even more special. Personally, I would LOVE one that says, “Jeni’s Sass Juice.”

What would you want yours to say? Who would you gift one to?

How fun is this?  I (Sarah) totally want this Balloon Animal Kit!  It’s been a while since I’ve seen a balloon animal – but it would be so much fun to be able to make them myself.  What a fun craft for kids, too.  Family game night could be family craft night!

What crafts does your family do together?



Banana Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling Recipe

Who doesn’t love banana bread??  These Banana Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling are out of this world, you guys. They are so sweet and flavorful and moist and yummy and decadent and …. I (Jeni) could go on but I will spare you! 🙂  Make them, enjoy them and make them again when you’re friends request it (that’s why I’m making them again tonight!).

Do you have a recipe everyone always asks you to make?


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  1. We watched the first season of The OA, and I’ve still not sure how I felt about it. We’ll eventually watch season 2, I’m sure.

  2. Oh well those banana cupcakes need to be made. They look delicious. I have been wanting that Faith shirt for quite a while. I might just have to get it now. I really want it!

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      Hehe! The cupcakes are absolutely amazing, and you DESERVE that shirt!

  3. The OA is an AMAZING show! AMAZING! I discovered it a few days ago, and I’ve already binged the entire thing.

  4. I have not seen the OA. I might have to check out season one and see if I like it or not.

    Ooo I just love Olive Garden. I’ve never tried to make the food myself. I’m too lazy, I just go there if I want something.

  5. Love the giggles as usual. I love a banana cream muffinlike that. Monopoly may be the greatest game ever and my kids play every so often

  6. I loved the first season of the OA but I have to admit I think I am going to have to rewatch it before I start on the 2nd season as it’s been so long!

  7. I love those T-shirts! I could really use some new tees too. That cosmos knife set is really cool-looking too.

  8. Thanks for sharing the copycat OG recipes! Can’t wait to make the shrimp scampi! I NEED that smart rolling pin in my life!

  9. Anne Marie Reply

    I know someone who wants those unicorn slippers – my little niece! LOL

  10. That smart rolling pin is something I could really use. Going to have to find one fore myself and get to baking.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I seriously want one because I bake all the time! You should get to baking! 🙂

  11. Olive Garden is a fave of mine too. I love their soups. I wouldn’t mind trying to make some of their recipes at home.

    • Jeni Hawkins Reply

      I’ve NEVER had their soup – weird, right?

  12. The thought of an entire box of Lucky Charms marshmallows makes me both excited and terrified all at the same time. I could do some serious damage with that box.

  13. Amy Desrosiers Reply

    Those burgers look so mouthwatering! Oh my gosh..yum!!! The Lucky Charms are so fun and the slippers.

  14. Those knives are AWESOME! I don’t know if I’d use them; but, they’d sure make an excellent display!

  15. I used to save up my pennies and dollars to go to Olive Garden one Sunday a month when I was in college! I really loved their endless salad and breadsticks and my roommate and I would split a pasta entree.

  16. I can imagine the personalized Starbucks coffee cups are a big hit! Right along with the unicorn slippers. Gotta have those!

  17. Don’t laugh at me but I want to play that Millennials Monopoly game. Maybe we could actually finish a game lol

  18. Dawn Nieves Reply

    I love Olive Garden too! You should definitely try the recipes at home!

  19. I would love to get some of the personalized Starbucks mugs. I would replace so many bah humbug mugs.

  20. I will dare to make some copycat recipes of olive Garden dishes. May be get some star bucks cups also.

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