Archives for April 28, 2016

Tastykake’s seasonal sweet treats: Peach Cobbler and Strawberry Mini Donuts and Lemon and Strawberry Kandy Kakes are a Spring Must-Buy!

Looking for a sweet treat this Spring? Tastykake has some new treats you don’t want to miss!

I love the new Mini Donuts! My favorite is the New Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts! These are quite tasty with the taste of peach cobbler inside a peach flavored donut. I love the sweet cobbler crumble on the outside. Also, available is the Strawberry Mini Donuts! These one feature a strawberry flavored donut with powdered sugar coating. They are simply delicious!

  • Peach Cobbler Mini Donuts are available in 11.5 oz. bags and the Strawberry Mini Donuts are available in 10 oz. bags.
  • Both Mini Donut flavors have an estimated retail price of $2.99.

There are also new flavors in the Kandy Kakes!

  • Tastykake is bringing back it’s sweet Lemon and Strawberry Kandy Kakes just in time forspring. Lemon Kandy Kakes feature a white coated vanilla sponge cake with a lemon creme filling. Strawberry Kandy Kakes are white coated vanilla sponge cakes with a strawberry creme filling. I just love the Lemon Kandy Kakes! They are simply yummy!
  • Both Kandy Kakes are available in 8 oz. six-count boxes and have an estimated retail price of $4.49.

Check out this delicious recipe from our friends at TastyKake!


Lemon Kandy Kake Cheesecake Cups


  • Lemon Kandy Kakes
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectionary sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 jar of lemon curd
  • Whipped cream to top


  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar and whipping cream into large mixing bowl for the “cheesecake” filling.
  2. In a small jar, break up Lemon Kandy Kakes to form the bottom layer, or the “crust”. 
  3. Layer on about two spoonfuls of the cheese mixture and one spoonful of the lemon curd.
  4. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo and recipe credit: Tastykake.

It’s Fiesta Time with Cinco de Mayo Ready Gadgets

The weather is warming up, spring is in the air and before your know it summer will be here.  Kick off the season with a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Serve up margaritas, fresh guacamole, and other “Viva Mexico” inspired treats with these fiesta ready favorites from Trudeau!

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3 in 1 Stainless Steel Avocado Slicer

Either for slicing up fresh avocado to add to salads or for making fresh, homemade guacamole for chips ‘n’ guac’ – pitting and removing the avocado from its skin has never been easier and cleaner. No need to keep switching between slippery knives and spoons with this 3 in 1 tool. The sharp edge smoothly cuts an avocado in half, the pointed tip removes the pit and the curved rim swifty scoops out the flesh from the rind. Ole! MSRP $5.99


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Glass Rimmer


Margaritas come to mind instantly, and what better way to celebrate than with a Cinco De Mayo treat? The Trudeau 2 in 1 Glass Rimmer provides the perfect cocktail prep and presentation for a variety of drinks where a rim full of sugar or salt provides the finishing touch. The Rimmer has a wide diameter that makes it easy to flavor the rim of any sized glass and larger fashionable stemware.  Raised center provides the perfectly rim of salt, pepper, or flavored sugars. The base includes an integrated citrus reamer for simple juicing of limes and lemons. MSRP $8.99




Bar Boards


Perfect Prep for cocktail hour and more.

These Bar Boards are made of high-density polypropylene and have a non-skid back so they won’t dull knives or slide around the counter when in use. Each set of two comes in two colors and features six classic summer cocktail recipes including the Cinco de Mayo favored Margarita! Flexible construction bends easily to transfer prepped items to a bowl or pan. MSRP $4.99




Elite Recipe Cocktail Shaker


Everyone becomes a professional mixologist with this easy-to-use Recipe Cocktail Shaker. Make the perfect holiday inspired Margarita, Tequila Sunrise and Pina Colada!  Wow guests by delivering eight top specialty cocktails. Simply twist the shaker to display recipe choice and exact ingredient’s measurements. The shaker is constructed of a durable stainless steel and the lid includes a built in strainer. Recipes included Cosmopolitan, Dry Martini, Grasshopper, Kamikaze, Margarita, Pina Colada, Pink Lady and Tequila Sunrise. Comes gift-boxed and ready to gift. MSRP $39.99


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Deluxe Shot Glass


Take May 5th festivities to a measured level with a shot of tequila or favorite liquor. The ounce marker lines on this glass allow you to create novelty shot recipes with perfect precision. ThisDeluxe Shot Glass from Trudeau is perfect for drinking to the history of the holiday and toasting to future celebrations. MSRP $5.99


GET GLAM AT LOS CERRITOS CENTER’S MAKEOVER TAKEOVER oin Los Cerritos Center Mother’s Day Weekend to Experience the Center’s Extreme Makeover Revealed


In celebration of the completion of the center’s transformational makeover, Los Cerritos Center is pleased to welcome the community to Makeover Takeover on Friday and Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend. The celebration will highlight the newest fashion and beauty retailers and unveil the new fabulous look of Los Cerritos Center.


Makeover Takeover will showcase all that’s new at Los Cerritos Center. Shoppers are invited to relax in lounges with beauty demonstrations and makeover stations. Experience fresh spring styles and celebrate mom with giveaways, shopping incentives and more.


Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Los Cerritos Center
239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos CA 90703
(562) 402-7467
Credit: Los Cerritos Center.


Queen Mary guests attending the May 26 Maiden Voyage anniversary dinner will be served a modern version of the menu presented to First Class passengers on their first evening at sea. Ostensibly, the menu ranks as the maiden voyage of any multi-course meal served on the ship.


“While Queen Mary has previously re-created historic menus to mark important events, the creation of this particular menu was difficult as no records of the meal are present in our archives,” said Queen Mary Chef, Todd Henderson. The information was uncovered in one of many Queen Mary books recounting the ship’s illustrious history and its maiden voyage – eighty years ago.


Some 250,000 were on hand to wish ‘God Speed’ to the Queen Mary as she left Southampton for the first time. As evening approached, passengers dressed for dinner – perhaps sharing cocktails or sending telegrams to loved ones – or – like Mrs. C.N. Pillman, stopping in at the Purser’s office to pick-up her winnings for the ship’s first distance-traveled pool. Excitement must have been in the air as bellboys and stewards rang dinner gongs and well-groomed passengers – traveling in every class – made their way to the ship’s restaurant salons.


Cunard Lines Chef Martin Riccault welcomed his First Class guests with an elaborate table – now re-created by the ship’s present day Chef, Todd Henderson. “Our only direction was a short list of items served – my team had to imagine the preparation and ingredients by researching the gastronomy of the period, historic recipe books and our imagination. While the meal we have produced reflects the maiden voyage menu, we cannot say they are identical,” Henderson added.    


Chef Riccault’s menu included: Honeydew Melon Glacé

                    Croutes-au-pot au Perles (Potato soup in pastry)

                    Tranche de Turbotin Poche Normande (Turbot)

                    Poulard de Braisée Belle Mère (Flattened Chicken)

                    Haricots verts at beurre (Haricot Beans)

                    Pommes Garfield (French Fries)

                    Salad francaise 

                    Fraises Chantilly (Strawberries with Cream)





Some travelers complained that the opening night menu while elegant, promoted French cuisine over British fare. After all, the ship had been subsidized by the British Government and people – and was slated to obliterate the Blue Riband speed record recently captured by the French liner ‘Normandie.’ (The Queen Mary captain made the decision mid-voyage not to attempt breaking that record on the ship’s maiden run. While this disappointed some passengers and the world press, the Queen Mary subsequently shattered the Normandie’s time – winning the coveted Blue Riband speed title.)


“My interpretation of the style and content of Chef Riccault’s menu also needs to be served at modern day banquet speeds,” added Henderson. “Some adjustments to the historic menu were needed to accommodate contemporary ingredients, available products and dining window. We will serve several hundred guests in less than 15 minutes.”


Chef Henderson’s Menu will feature: 


Chanrentais Melon Gelee (Speck, Sea Salt, Basil Herb Crystals)


Croute-au-Pot au Pomme Perles (Puff Pastry, Fried Ramp & Potato Soup, Bacon Leek Oil)


Cotes Courtes Braisée Belle Mère (Wagyu Short Rib, Fava Bean Purée, Glacé di Viande)


Salad Francaise (Petit Greens, French Vinaigrette)


Chocolate Creme Brûlée with Strawberries and Chantilly Cream



The Maiden Voyage Anniversary Dinner will be held in the Grand Salon, formerly the First Class Dining Room. Guests will be treated to after dinner remarks by Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of the ship’s most illustrious passenger. Lord Alan Watson (MP), Baron of Richmond and noted Churchill scholar and author will discuss Churchill’s life-long connection to the Queen Mary; a relationship that began long before the maiden voyage and continued through Churchill’s retirement.


“It is my hope that those attending the Anniversary dinner will imagine themselves as part of a living history that now enters its ninth decade. Perhaps they will toast Mr. Churchill or raise a glass to the memory of the 800,000 Allied troops Queen Mary safely ferried during WWII. Or, maybe they will simply enjoy a wonderful meal served aboard the greatest ocean liner of all time,” Henderson concluded.    


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Life is Good® Inspires Optimism in Kids Through Nationwide T-Shirt Art Contest Kids are invited to draw what makes their life good for a chance to win a college scholarship and have their design join the new Kid’s Tee Collection all to support kids in need.

LIG Kids Art Campaign

Positive lifestyle brand Life is Good® announced today the launch of its first t-shirt art contest for kids, encouraging them to focus on the good and spread the power of optimism. Every time kids draw and share “why life is good” they’ll help make life better for kids in need.

“The world today can be an intense, complex and challenging place – but as humans we have a choice to focus on what’s right in our lives rather than what’s wrong,” said John Jacobs Chief Creative Optimist & Life is Good co-founder. “The amazing thing about young kids is this comes naturally to them. Our goal with this contest is to celebrate and inspire that raw sense of optimism, to remind people of the simple things that make life good, while also raising money to help kids overcome poverty, violence and illness.”

Beloved for over 20 years for its fun, positive message apparel, Life is Good is dedicated to inspiring people to choose optimism to positively impact their life and the lives of others.

Now through April 29th, 2016, kids from the ages of 3 through 12 are encouraged to hand draw what makes life good for them, then have their parent (or legal guardian) scan or snap a photo, share on Instagram using #LifeisGoodbecause or submit through For every entry received, Life is Good will donate $1 to help kids in need. Three grand prize winners will have their drawing featured on Life is Good t-shirts (with net profits donated to support kids in need) and be awarded a $2,000 scholarship as part of the prize package.

All original art submitted will be reviewed by the official Life is Good team, including Bert Jacobs (Chief Executive Optimist & Life is Good co-founder) and John Jacobs (Chief Creative Optimist & Life is Good co-founder). Entrants’ art will be shared in an ever-growing gallery of inspiration at

The campaign comes on the heels of the release of Life is Good’s new 2016 Kids Collection. Featuring 24 unique styles in sizes ranging from toddler to Kids XL, the line includes original art and messages of empowerment and positivity to help build confidence in kids and spread optimism to all. The tees are made with 100% USA grown cotton, are garment washed for softness and feature double-needle stitching.


Credit: Life is Good®. No compensation was received and is not affiliated with SoCal City Kids.