Abominable Yeti Donuts

Easy no bake Abominable Yeti Donuts inspired by the #1 Original Animated Movie of the Year.  Sponsored by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Easy Abominable Yeti Donuts This holiday season, you’ll definitely want to cozy up with Abominable, the #1 Original Animated Movie of the Year! The move is now on Digital, and available on Blu-ray […]

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Fountain Soda Is The Most Superior Soda Of All Time

I’ve been sucking back Diet Coke since junior high. I’d like to think I’m a connoisseur of sorts. And yes, you absolutely can be an expert soda-taster. Just ask my salivating taste buds at the mere sight of a soda sign.

I used to indulge in canned or bottled soda before I had the freedom of having my driver’s license and the ability to hit the drive-thru whenever I wanted — that’s when my life changed. I mean, you can slurp on your bottle or can of fizzy nastiness if that’s what tickles your taste buds, but the fountain is where it’s at.

You don’t have to agree with me. You do you. But I have to let you in on something: you are wrong. There’s no comparison.

I’m not ashamed to admit my son’s first sentence was “Coke, Mama.” He’d repeat it over and over every time we’d pass the Golden Arches since McDonald’s has the best damn Diet Coke I’ve ever had — and, believe me, I’ve had them all.

My soda habit has forced me to suck out of enough bottles of soda to know the raunchy-ness it can bring to your lips when it’s about a quarter of the way gone. Sure, the first few sips are all right, but I need more than a few good gulps to excite me. I need the whole damn 16 ounces to satisfy my urges.

Let’s be honest, bottled soda tastes like backwash and sadness. The fizziness that I love fades after a few sips, and it gets warm faster than I do in the midst of a damn hot flash. The only reason I ever entertain the idea of buying a bottle of soda is if I see my name on it. Literally.

And can we talk about soda in a can? I’m not one to shame anything for its size but if I want my mouth to be tantalized, it’s gonna take more than two sips. Do ya feel me? Not to mention I’ve never been a fan of putting my lips near objects that can slice through skin at the lightest touch either. Kind of makes my toes curl (and not in the good way).

A fountain soda is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re driving down the road during a long car trip. It’s colder. It’s sweeter. It’s mixed better. It’s frothier. And my favorite part is, a fountain soda allows you to select a cup large enough to fill with a gallon of the sweet stuff which is exactly what we all need.

It’s the perfect chaser for pizza, fries, or your green breakfast smoothie (it’s all about balance, people), and the free refills a soda-fountain machine offers make me ridiculously happy.

If you’re a serious soda-slurper like I am, I’m sure you agree that McDonald’s has the best elixir going. FACT.

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I hear it’s because of how they store the syrup (stainless steel containers is their secret), and their pre-chilled, extra-filtered water. Another secret? Their straw is wider than the competition, which makes it the top-tongue-tantalizer in the world of fast food drinks.

Wendy’s is a close second for me, with Five Guys behind right behind. However, McDonald’s one-dollar-any-size soda makes me choose them whenever it’s humanly possible.

Have I held in my pee as a passenger on a road trip so I could save it for a McDonald’s bathroom and also have an excuse to fill up my bladder again with a tall cup of fake sugar and carbonation? Perhaps.

It’s that good, folks. And I challenge anyone to say drinking soda from a bottle or can is better than feeding your cola-hole with the magic that comes out of those machines.

We all know there are plenty of beer and wine snobs out there. Well, I’m here to tell you soda snobs exist, and I may be the biggest one of all.

 

I’m not the only one who has strong feelings about their soda of choice. Scary Mommy put their feelers out to see what the soda-drinkers of the world liked. While most people loved their fountain soda as much as I do — one person admitted that they they indulge in McDonald’s solely because of their soda and its awesome-ness — not everyone agrees with me, and I’m still shaking my head in disapproval.

One person said, “I love my soda with a lot of guilt. No fountain or ice. I gotta have my soda in a bottle.”

Do you even go here? Enjoy your bottle of flavored saliva and sorrow. 

Another chimed in with, “Classic Coke ice cold from a can. They way God intended. THE BEST.”

First of all, God wants you to enjoy your beverage longer than a can will provide. Also, where the hell is the straw? The ice? You are doing this all wrong. Once you try it my way with a cup the size of your head and magic frozen cubes, you’ll never go back.

Someone thinks “any fountain Diet Coke is good enough.” NO. They are kind of on the right track, but they need to take this more seriously and try the sugary liquids from a Freestyle machine to tighten up their tasters.

And my heart is broken after hearing someone loves drinking “Diet ginger ale in a glass without ice.” That scene reminds me of being sick with a stomach bug on a plaid sofa in the early ’80s.

Take your soda drinking seriously, folks. Ice matters (lots of people are crazy for pebble ice, crushed ice, or ice from Sonic). Most like their straws wide, and their cups large, made from styrofoam. The way we suck carbonated deliciousness matters, and it cannot be done from a glass sans straw, or out of a bottle or can. I’m in tears thinking about this way of life.

I beg of you: try it my way and if you disagree (you are wrong), then I’ll gladly finish yours and wish your and your sad little backwash-loaded can or bottle a happy life. After all, it means more fountain soda for me.

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Easy Sausage Egg Casserole

Easy Sausage Egg Casserole is a family favorite breakfast! This make-ahead egg recipe with ooey gooey Borden® Cheese Shreds and sausage is perfect for your holiday breakfast spread! Sponsored by Borden® Cheese Mom’s Easy Sausage Egg Casserole Growing up, I called this recipe my Mom’s sausage, egg and cheese casserole.  I’ve enjoyed this Easy Sausage […]

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5 Easy Holiday Recipes in 15 Minutes or Less

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10 Surefire And Super Easy Hacks To Save Money Grocery Shopping

It’s that time of the week again: grocery shopping day. You’re dreaming of cooking up a Chef’s Table-inspired week’s worth of dishes but your bank account says more instant noodles and less delicious aged cheese, organic veggies, and grass-fed beef.  But we all deserve to eat like queens of our kitchens, so how do we curb spending our whole paycheck at the supermarket or grocery store? Thankfully we rounded up a number of proven tips and tricks on how to save money on groceries.

1) Have a Budget

Including your grocery shopping into your weekly and/or monthly budget is crucial. To figure out your grocery shopping budget, track your current spending and then consider using a grocery shopping calculator to determine how much of your income you should set aside for grocery shopping.

2) Shop on a Full Stomach

It’s an oldie but a goodie of a rule. When you’re starving, you’re going to stock up on…well, anything. You’ll buy less snacks and take-out food, which tend to be pricey. According to a survey, shoppers spend an average of 64 percent more when hungry. Also, try to shop when you’re not feeling tired and stressed. You’ll be more likely to make better choices when you’re satiated and feeling calm.

3) Make a Grocery List and Stick to it

According to research from the University of Pennsylvania,  supermarkets are places of high impulse buying with 60 to 70 percent of purchases being unplanned. The solution? People make a grocery list are least likely to avoid impulse spending, and can save up to 23 percent on their grocery bills. So make a list and stick to it!

4) Plan Your Meals a Week Ahead

How do you make an effective grocery list? By meal prepping and planning. Plan your meals for the week before you shop and then buy strictly what’s on the menu.

5) Save Money on Groceries App

There are a number of groceries app out there that can help you save major money on your shopping. No more clipping coupons! Just clicking on these frugal-friendly and time-saving apps. Some top favorites include: FlippCoupon Sherpa, MealBoard, and GroceryPal.

 

Related: 20+ Easy Weeknight Trader Joe’s Recipes For Exhausted And Hungry Moms

 

6) Be Careful With In-store Sales and Coupons

While you certainly want to be aware of in-store sales and coupons, you also don’t want to buy something just because it’s on sale. For example, maybe your grocery store is selling mustard for 50 percent off but what good is that if you don’t really eat mustard? If the food item isn’t on your grocery list, then your best bet is to skip it. Same goes for those “2-4-1” deals. It’s only a good deal if you’ll actually use two.

7) Shop With a Calculator

As you shop, add up your grocery bill to help you stay on your grocery shopping budget. Have kids? Make them a part of it and they might even like going grocery shopping with you.

8) Buy in Bulk

For major staples that you use on a regular basis, you might want to consider buying in bulk. Pantry staples like grains, beans, rice, tofu, lentils, seeds, and flour are cheaper in bulk. Not only are they budget-friendly but they’re also filling and healthy, and are easy staples to add to any meal.

9) Buy Fewer Pre-Packaged Meals and More Fruits and Veggies

Pre-packaged foods, like a bag of pre-cut broccoli and grated cheese, tend to be more expensive than buying a whole broccoli and a block of cheese. Adding more fruits and veggies are a great idea too — you can decrease your grocery budget by up to 25 percent when you opt for fresh produce — and keep your eating habits healthier too.

10) Buy Store or No-Name Brands

Not only are many made by the brand name companies, just with a different label, but they also taste basically the same and cost less!

Related: Every New Trader Joe’s Item You’ll Want To Salivate Over

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Pumpkin Dump Cake with Chocolate

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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

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How to Cook the Best Filet Mignon

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Easy Sausage Potato Soup – Visiting Iowa

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Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside

These Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside are so easy and lots of fun! You won’t be able to resist biting into these chocolate cupcakes topped with rich chocolate buttercream frosting and a surprise filling. A simple Halloween dessert! Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside Easy Halloween Chocolate Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside will […]

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