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Premium 12 Cup Silicone Muffin Pan & Cupcake Baking Pan by BrilliantChef

I have been meaning to try one of these silicone baking pans for awhile now, so I was excited when mine arrived in the mail.   My little girls LOVE that it’s pink!  It comes with a spatula, pastry brush and paper cups.  The spatula and pastry brush I didn’t really need, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to have extra (and if it’s a gift, it’s great to give them).  The paper cups were a nice addition because honestly I’m always running out of those things!  Someone mentioned a smell to the pan  – I didn’t notice it, but then again as soon as I got it I threw it in the dishwasher.  It’s nice to not have to worry about a pan that gets the little rusty stuff on the edges!  They do recommend to use a baking sheet underneath so you don’t have to worry about it being too flimsy.  I included pictures pre and post baking – someday I will figure out how to fill a muffin cup 2/3 of the way up!  The muffins baked very well, I’d say I loved them but it was a new recipe for me and it still needs some tweaking of the flavor profile.  But that’s the fault of my recipe, not the pan! The paper cups did have some stuff stuck to them, but honestly that always happens when I bake muffins or cupcakes.  I do want to still try baking without the paper cups to see how that will work out.  Overall I’m extremely pleased with the product and would definitely recommend it!

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Forest Secrets by Laurie Woodward – Book Review

Today I am a reviewing a book called Forest Secrets by Laurie Woodward.

The book is 150 pages and written for young adults.  The heroine is 11 years old, and I feel the best age for reading the book would be 8-13 years of age.

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Somasix Alphabet Refrigerator magnets – Product Review

These are the Somasix refrigerator magnets.  I received this product at a heavily discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.  They are brightly colored and a nice size at 1.75″.  The magnets pretty light due to being plastic and only having a small magnet on the back. The magnet is strong enough to keep it on the refrigerator, but weak enough that you don’t have to pry it off. The set comes with 62 magnets – one of each letter in both lower and upper case as well as the numbers 0 through 9. My girls enjoy playing with them both on and off of the refrigerator. My only concerns are they seem like they would break if accidentally stepped on (which is probably true for most alphabet magnets) and the back is not enclosed so if the magnets were to somehow come out they would be a swallowing hazard. I would definitely follow the ages 3+ guideline. Otherwise, they work well and are great for helping children with letter recognition and distinguishing between upper and lower case letters.

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