Pressure Cooker XL Review

25 Nov

Tristar Products best known for The Pressure Cooker XL recently invited used and a few bloggers to attend a demo of how the 10 quart Pressure Cooker XL can cook amazing meals in no time with pitchman former WWE SuperStar Gene Snitsky a.k.a Turkey Dude. When Gene walked in the room in his turkey outfit and did the turkey call I knew this was going to be a fun day. He is very cool and funny and so are his Turkey Dude You Tube commercials. 

My mouth dropped when I saw how fast and easy it was when he made macaroni and cheese with shredded turkey. It only took 10 minutes. Yes!!! He also made risotto. I’ve never attempted to make risotto because you can’t leave that pot for a minute but now I can.The risotto came out delicious. Did I tell you it can also cook a turkey? Yes a 10-11 pound turkey. When meat is juicy and falls off the bone you know you’re doing something right. Butternut Squash was also made and I can’t believe how easy it was.  

 I’ve always wanted a Pressure Cooker XL but thought it was do difficult to use. If I knew it was this easy and cooked food as quickly as it does I would have been purchased one. I was so excited that tge first meal I made was curry chicken and rice. It was amazing!!! Once again meat falling off the bones. The whole family devoured that. The next thing on my list was macaroni and cheese. The cheesier, the better. This also turned out great and we were very happy that it was fine in 10 minutes. Just put everything in the Pressure Cooker XL and that’s it!  
There’s so many recipes included and on the website that you must try once you purchase your Pressure Cooker XL. Only for my readers here is a special discount code when ordering at Use code: TURKEYDUDE4 to receive a 25% discount. 

 Next thing I’m making in my Pressure Cooker XL are boiled eggs, soups, steamed corn, green beans and a pot of chili. All at different times of course. Lol. 

If you want your meat more crispy once you take it out of pressure cooker put in oven for a few minutes and it will crisp right up. Gene Snitsky (Turkey Dude) said one of his favorite foods to make in the Pressure Cooker XL is buffalo wings. I’m definitely making these too. 

This year Thanksgiving and all major cooking holidays, events and get-togethers will be a breeze. I’ll be able to relax with my and cut down on kitchen time. Also busy parents will appreciate this too. 

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a 10 quart Pressure Cooker XL to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Competition: Design A Rain Boot With Joules

25 Nov

Joules have recently launched a fun competition inviting all budding designers, doodlers and Rain Boot lovers to design some Joules Rain Boots, with tv host and fashion writer Louise Roe helping us to select the winning design.

The lucky winner will then see their design put into production (with proceeds of sales being donated to Step Up) as well as winning a trip for two to London worth $10,000! 


10 runners-up will each receive a $500 Joules gift voucher
Submit a design and enter the competition here –
The winning rain boot design will go on sale at
Joules Rain Boots page:  (


Quaker 100th Canister Anniversary Kit and Giveaway

25 Nov

One-hundred years ago, Quaker proved that it’s hip not to be square with the introduction of the now-iconic round Quaker Oats package. A first in the industry, it was just one of many moments in Quaker’s long-standing history of innovation. While the packaging design has since been updated, the round canister can still be found on store shelves today, helping The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, Inc., deliver more than 350 million pounds of oatmeal and inspire countless cooking and baking oat-casions for consumers each year.
Throughout its 138-year history, Quaker has enjoyed many additional firsts. In 1891, Quaker was the first to feature a recipe on packaging – Oatmeal Bread – and in 1908, introduced the first cookie recipe on a package – Oat Cakes3. Today’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe remains a consumer favorite, celebrating 20 years on the canister in 2015. For those seeking additional recipe inspiration for the upcoming holiday season, Quaker’s online recipe database features oat-spired recipes for all occasions, including festive treats such as Oatmeal Gingerbread Cookies, Christmas Granola and Holiday Cookie Surprises. Bonus: the Quaker Oats canister makes a great vessel for cookie gifting!
As the brand has evolved, so too have consumers’ oat-consumption habits. In 1922, the company introduced Quaker Quick Oats, one of America’s first convenience products, and also a common swap for Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in baking recipes. 

In 1966, Quaker Instant Oatmeal debuted to help people keep pace with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle. Quaker Instant Oatmeal expanded from pouches to cup packaging in 2000, making portable eating even easier. In 2015, Quaker’s Quick 3-Minute Steel Cut Oats lineup launched – cutting the traditional cooking time of 30 minutes to three minutes – while providing a hearty texture and rich, nutty taste that consumers craved. That hearty taste and texture make Quaker Steel Cut Oats perfect for savory recipes that add a fresh, festive spin to the holiday dinner table, such as Cranberry Apple and Pecan Oat Salad or Steel Cut Oatmeal with Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pancetta.

For more information about Quaker’s latest innovations and recipe ideas, visit, or follow the brand on Twitter @Quaker.


Quaker was kind enough to give one of my readers a Quaker 100th Canister Anniversary Kit which includes: 

Heart-Shaped Measuring Spoons – to help add a little love to your holiday baking

· Red Oven Mitt – always handy to have for baking!

· “Baked with love” Baking Tags – the perfect way to package up holiday treats for your friends and family

· Vintage Style Treat Boxes – to make a complete gift package with your baking tags

· Cookie Exchange invitations – to invite your loved ones to be part of the treat gifting!

· Red and White Baker’s Twine Spool – for a decorative gift accent

· A set of four Quaker recipe cards for holiday baking inspiration

· A variety of Quaker products to stock your pantry for holiday baking

 To enter answer this question: What do you enjoy baking with Quaker? Comment below. I love making Oatmeal Raisin cookies.

Must be following five little words blog. 

Make sure you follow @Quaker on Twitter 

Follow me on Twitter @nilimonicky and Instagram @nilimo

(Custom throw back Quaker Oats canister not included in giveaway)

Winner will be announced 11/30. Giveaway ends 11/29 at 11:59pm

Disclosure: I am a Quaker Q Crew blogger ambassador and I was given products to review. Opinions are mine 100% as always. Five Little Words is not responsible for sending out prize. 

Food Network Magazine Holiday Party Recap

23 Nov

Food Network Magazine held their holiday party at the Hearst Tower in NYC hosted by Food Network’s very own chef Anne Burrell. I am a big fan of Anne and was honored to finally meet her. You probably know I am a Food Network fanatic and have met quite a few chefs and hope to continue meeting more. I enjoy cooking and creating recipes so I was very excited for this event.  

The 44th floor of the Hearst Tower looked amazing. Hors d’oeuvres were passed and bars were fully stocked. On the menu were: Boneless Chicken Wings presented by Dean’s Dip, Mushroom Truffles in Phyllo Shells, Finochhi Gratinati on Grilled Crostini presented by the Italian Trade Comission and Prosciutto Persimmon Antipasti. 

Drinks were sponsored from Puerto Rico Rum and Stella Artois. Signature cocktails were amazing. Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil was served with fresh bread. Variety of cookies and coffee was also served. 



Anne Burrell was very friendly and mingled with everyone and took lots of photos. You know I just had to get a picture with her.  

It turned out to be a lovely event and gift bags were given with products from sponsors mentioned. I can’t wait till the next one.  

 Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are mine 100% as always. 


19 Nov

With the holidays around the corner, it’s time to thank those who do the most to bring everyone together – the hosts! This year, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi has created a gift that truly gives back, not just to your Thanksgiving hostess, but also to the community.  

The gift: the Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set – a limited-edition kitchen set featuring a matching apron, pot holder and wine tote, with 100% of proceeds benefitting, a charity working to help fight hunger in America by providing fresh food to those in need. The attractive kitchen set is ideal for Thanksgiving entertaining, serving as the perfect hostess gift he or she will use for years. Available for $35.00 via from now through the end of the year, the Woodbridge Harvest Wine set is a gift that gives back. 

 Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Winery is pleased to introduce the Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set, a limited-edition kitchen set including a matching apron, pot holder and wine tote, inspired by the new Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend wine and the giving spirit of the harvest and holiday seasons. The set will benefit, a national non-profit organization that helps food pantries provide fresh fruit and vegetables from local gardens to families in need. For the sale of every Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set this holiday season, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi will donate all proceeds (estimated at $35.00 per set) to, helping feed American families in need. For the sale of every Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi will donate all proceeds to, up to $5,000.00 nationally. 

 The Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set features an eye-catching seasonal design inspired by the new Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spiced Red Blend. The set’s colorful leaf motif complements the wine’s label artwork, while the green-striped trim reflects fall foliage and traditional holiday color palettes. The three-piece set is bundled together with an attractive snap-back closure, making it an ideal holiday or hostess gift for the wine-lover or chef in your life. Helping create memorable moments with family and friends, the Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set is the perfect accompaniment to meals shared with loved ones.
“This holiday season, we are proud that the sale of the Woodbridge Harvest Wine Set supports and our mission of providing food pantries nationwide, and ultimately the families that rely on them, with fresh produce from millions of home and community gardeners,” says Gary Oppenheimer, Executive Director and Founder of
About Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi founded Woodbridge Winery near his boyhood home in Lodi, California to encourage a growing wine culture in the U.S. by making quality wines that could be enjoyed by Americans as part of daily life. Combining traditional winemaking with state-of-the-art innovation, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi raised the standard for everyday wines in America, and has become one of America’s most loved wines. For more about Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, including food and wine pairings and recipes ideas, please visit ;

  About, Inc. is a nationwide not-for-profit organization that diminishes food waste, hunger and malnutrition in America by educating, encouraging and empowering America’s 42 million home/community gardeners to easily donate their excess bounty to one of 7,500 local food pantries eager to receive and distribute the fresh food. For more information, visit or call AMPLE-6-9880 (267-536-9880).

GIVEAWAY: 3  winners will revive a Woodbridge Harvest Wine Hostess Set. 

*Must be following my blog and social media sites in order to qualify. 

*Must live in one of the 5 boroughs of NY so I can get to you before Thanksgiving. 

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Winners will be picked and announced Monday morning 11/23. 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was given a set to review. 

Momtrends Holiday Soirée Recap

17 Nov

I look forward to Momtrends Holiday parties every year. A few hours of fun with friends, food, fashion show and brands showing us what we absolutely must have this holiday season. 

Walking into the event was filled with beautiful fresh Teleflora flowers. It was like Winter Wonderland. I’ve always enjoyed having a Teleflora arrangement in my house. What I love is you can get flowers for any occasion. It brings out my surroundings on the table and my guests enjoy seeing what new arrangement I ordered.  

 POM juice is amazing. I was shocked when I found out the incredible flavors of juices/teas they have. I was really in shock when I tasted the appetizers that had pomegranate added. The Lamb Meatballs and Pom-Mint Relish and the Pom Guacamole served with tortilla and plantain chips were very good. There were also cocktails like the Pom Mimosa Mocktail and Sparkling Wine with Pom Wonderful Arils. The Pomegranate Peach Passion Tea was my favorite but I would drink them all. My kids enjoyed them as well.  

 Igloo Coolers and products are a must have. If you tailgate and party and don’t own the igloo brand then you need to get to a store and pick some up. The Igloo Party Bar is on my wish list. It features an exclusive LiddUp LED light system so when your party goes into the night guests can easily find their drinks. It runs on 4 AA batteries and have removable dividers. Also loved the thermal tote bags and took home in our swag bag the sports 1/2 gallon beverage cooler with hooks. Also the kids lunch bags were a hit and I appreciate Igloo thinking of them as well. There’s also a 45 can ultra collegiate cooler. 

 Family owned Tessemae’s brought along their all natural, healthy condiments. When I first heard of Tessemae’s I tried their ketchup at a kids food festival and immediately purchased a few bottles. This time I was impressed with their salad dressings, marinades, sauces and mayonnaise. Everything was delicious. 

Momtrends surprised someone special with a gift for dedicating six years of hard work, writing posts and being a supporter and attendee at all of their events. Who was it? Oh that would be me. I was in total shock and very happy to be recognized and receive an incredible gift. No words can express how I felt and was so grateful and honored. Thank you so much. You made my night and I am blessed to have Momtrends in my life. xoxo.  

 I enjoyed talking with all the brands and there were so much more. The picture below shows who they are.

Check out @Momtrends on Twitter for more on this event.   

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I was invited to this event and opinions are mine 100% as always. 

Recap KidzVuz Holiday Party with the Perez’s 

17 Nov

Kidz Vuz Holiday Party took place at Studio 450 NYC on November 15. I love this party because it’s small and intimate and my kids get to do the networking, test out the toys, have fun with their friends and they cannot get lost. I still talk to the brands but my kids also hand out business cards and enter contests. It’s always a fun time with Kidz Vuz. 

This year Jakks Toys, Classroom Direct, Lincoln Center Kids, Wubble Ball, ThinkFun, Disney Pixar, Bway Zone, Compose Yourself, Vita Coco, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Food For Thoughts Cards, Save The Children, Heart Of Haiti, Randi’s Brownies, Once Upon A Mattress and National PTA were in attendance.  

 Lincoln Center Kids had one of the Nutcracker costumes on display for the kids to try on or take a picture with. My daughter loves watching ballet so this was a treat for her. We also visit Lincoln Center quite a bit so it was nice seeing Lincoln Center Kids at the event. They handed out their free events guide for 2015-2016 and we got to spin the wheel to win free giveaways.  

 Wubble Ball was the most popular with the kids. There were balls flying everywhere. I love how soft they are and the biggest one your child can lay in and it won’t pop. The parents were getting knocked I the head but it didn’t hurt. It looks like a bubble but plays like a ball and no pump is needed. Everyone got a sample.  

Disney Pixar was promoting their new movie The Good Dinosaur that hits theaters November 25th. We’ve been waiting for this movie and won tickets to a special screening on November 24th. We also received a hat, poster and notebook. Temporary tattoos, stickers and coloring sheets were also available for kids to take home.  

 Jakks Toys made sure to bring their Star Wars collection and Disney’s Star Darlings dolls with them. My daughter took a picture with her favorite doll in hopes of winning. They were all cute.  

Food For Thoughts Give Back Greeting Cards is doing great things to feed the hungry. With the purchase of each card, Food for Thoughts Cards donates the value equivalent to the cost of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other organization that feeds the hungry. We wrote encouraging words on a few greeting cards. No one should be without food. 

 My daughter also loved being interviewed by KidzVuz with her bestie.  

 To learn about all the brands mentioned above check out @kidzvuz onTwitter or and look for the hashtag #kidzvuzholiday on Twitter and Instagram. 

Thank you KidzVuz, we had an amazing time and can’t wait for the next KidzVuz event.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. We were invited to this event through KidzVuz. Opinions are mine and my kids 100% as always.


Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Announces New Caribbean Cove Interactive Water Play Area in 2016 

16 Nov

Jackson, NJ – November 11, 2015 – With Six Flags Great Adventure’s new Holiday in the Park event just days away, the world’s largest theme park is unveiling another thrilling expansion for 2016 with the addition of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor’s Caribbean Cove, a fun and interactive water play area.
 “Hurricane Harbor is already home to some of the most innovative and extreme water slides on the planet, and in 2016 we are excited to offer families a spectacular, new area featuring tons of splashy playtime activities along with refreshing relaxation for children and their parents,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald.

 The key features of Caribbean Cove include:  

· Active and colorful water play center with more than 55 interactive features

· Spray nozzles, jets, valves, water guns, action slide and a giant tipping bucket towering nearly two stories in the air

· Two-foot-deep, beach-entry pool

· Giant beach area with 300 new lounge chairs

· New shade canopy will provide additional respite from the summer sun

 At Caribbean Cove, kids can play for hours, and parents can choose to join in the fun or watch while reclining nearby. The play area will be located between the Taak It Eez Ee Creek lazy river and Big Wave Racer slide complex and is slated to open summer 2016. Also coming in 2016, the highly-anticipated Total Mayhem 4-D, free-fly coaster debuting next door at Six Flags Great Adventure.

 The 45-acre Hurricane Harbor water park also features a million-gallon wave pool, a half-mile lazy river, more than 25 high-speed thrill slides and another massive children’s water playground. All attractions are included with park admission, Season Pass or Membership.

  For more information on Hurricane Harbor, visit

Disclosure : I was not compensated for this post. 


Winners Posted for @Quaker Off You Go Giveaway

13 Nov


Winners for the #NationalOatmealDay with @Quaker Off You Go Giveaway are:

1. @boyzruleourwrld

2. @MizCarmelVixen

3. @Marinobambinos

4. @anewdawnblog

5. @janeerico03

6. @minibea

7. @boykrazymommy

8. @leighanne000

9. @melvinsanford79

10. @newmommybliss

Congrats to all the winners and to everyone who enetered! More giveaways coming soon so stay tuned and subscribed to

Quaker will send out your prizes. 

Please DM me your address, email and phone numbers on Twitter. Thank you! 


Gerber’s BabyNes Smart Nutrition Baby Formula System 

10 Nov

As a mother of 4 I was told when I had my first born that I must breastfeed because it’s healthy for my child, he won’t get ear infections, the colostrum is what he needs, he won’t have colic, he will sleep all night, and you’re young and that’s what’s right. From doctors, parents, nutritionists, health educators, to grandparents I heard it for 9 months and after because they wanted to know did I breastfeed. In my mind I knew the benefits of it and I wanted what I thought was the best for my son and I also wanted my uterus to shrink fast, and in the other part of my mind I was saying it’s gonna hurt and visioning leaky swollen breasts and God forbid a bite from my son as the teeth come in. 

Wel I can proudly say I breastfed my son  for 3 years and quite a few of the benefits were true. Yes, 3 years oh yeah and I got bit once but right away I told my son don’t do that again. Ha. I just wasn’t into mixing powders and waiting for a bottle to heat up and cool down. Al I had to do was turn over and feed my son. I did however use a certain brand baby formula that wasn’t powder or I used my pumped breast milk for when we went out. 

I enjoyed breastfeeding so I breastfed all of my kids but my oldest was the longest. My oldest son is now 25 and then came along Gerber with their newest arrival BabyNes Advanced Nutrition: The Next Generation of  Baby Formula. 

BabyNes is a smart nutrition system that brings a range of six single-serve formula capsules for infants and toddlers during the first years of life. Wi-fi enabled to provide a perfectly mixed bottle at a temperature selected by the user with no lumps at the touch of a button. The single served formula capsules were created to ensure precise nutrition with the right amount of nutrients and water for each feeding. The formula was inspired from breast milk composition changes month after month to follow baby’s evolving nutritional needs and nourish a healthy body and mind. Can we say ooooh? 

For expecting moms and parents with kids birth to 36 months this is right up your alley. I love the fact that a filter in each capsule filters out the bacteria from the water and the formula is dissolved completely within the capsule to flow directly into the bottle. Also plus is the the BabyNes system syncs with a smartphone to allow users to track your baby’s nutrition, replenish capsules automatically or get an alert when a caregiver feeds the baby. 

There were two events I attended for BabyNes, one on November 5th with Lyss Stern of Diva Moms and one today November 10, at the Children’s Museum of the Arts with Moderator: Bobbie Thomas (new mom, style/fashion expert and Professional Girlfriend). Panelists included: Dr. Tanya Altmann (Pediatrician), Lyss Stern (Founder Diva Moms), Lance Somerfeld & Matt Schneider (Co-founders City Dads Group) and Tom Burnett ( Director of Eary Childhood Programs at WEE Arts).

There were demos shown, panelists discussed their thoughts on parenting and the BabyNes and questions were answered from the audience. Bobbie Thomas also discussed her battles with getting pregnant and treatments she had to take in order to have a baby and how supportive her family and friends were.  She is also greatly like to have the BabyNes in her life as it has helped her being this is her first child. 

If I could have more kids I would still breastfeed and give this a try. It’s very convenient and saves you a lot of time and mom or dad can use it. The BabyNes machine is available in the New York metro area at Giggle Stores, Buy Buy Baby and online at,,, and at an MSRP of $249. The formula capsules are sold online at or on BabyNes app ($59/box of 26 capsules). There’s also a carrying case for on the go. 

Twitter and Instagram: @BabyNes

BONUS: I will be giving away a BabyNes soon. Stay tuned!!! 




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