Product Review: Duncan Hines Perfect Size Cake Mix


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It’s time for another product review!  And this time, I am reviewing a new item from Duncan Hines, where they claim you can enjoy your cake in a more personal size!  The item is called Perfect Size, and it comes with the cake mix, cake pan, and chocolate frosting mix.  All you need extra is butter, eggs, water, and you are set!

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The package comes with a plastic cake pan, where you place in the batter, bake, let cool, and pop out.

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So I greased the cake pan, poured in the batter, placed the cake pan on top of a cookie sheet, and baked according to the package instructions.

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And it comes out like a cake!

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After letting the cake cool, I popped out the bottom, which was a little hard to pop out.  This I can understand, you don’t want the batter leaking!

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Now, let’s work on the frosting, which is powdered!

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After letting the cake fully cool, I put the frosting on the cake.

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And then, I had a slice!

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Overall, it was not a bad product!  It only cost around $2.50 at the dollar store, and you must have some eggs and butter in addition to this product, but you hardly dirty up any dishes other than a bowl and a few utensils, and you have a cake to enjoy in about an hour and a half.

I kind of wished the frosting would have been already made, but it was not hard to make the frosting almost from scratch.  As you can see, this was the golden fudge variety, but they also have chocolate lovers, strawberries and creme, and other flavors!  To sum things up, I would get this again!

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Product Review: Solid-Cordz 6 Foot Extension Cords


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The folks from Solid-Cordz have sent me another great product, and this product is a very strong and durable power cord!  So, you could go to the dollar store and buy those cheap power cords that break down and fail in a short time, or you could spend a little extra money, and buy some thick and strong power cords!

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These cords come in a two-pack, and are both 6 feet long.  The cords are fully rated for 125 Volt/13 Amp applications and are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed & CSA Approved for top quality.  The cords come very thick and heavy duty which means they are going to last a very long time.  The cheap power cords only come in a cheap covering, and they can break apart and cause an electrical short.  These cords will not cause someone to get electrocuted!

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These cords also come with a very strong plug at the end.  And what I like is the electrical connections go very deep, so small hands will have a tough time getting in trouble.  Solid-Cordz put in a lot of time making a extension cord that will last for a very long time!  Since you get two 6-foot cords, if you needed a longer extension, just plug the two together and you get a 12-foot cord!

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With these cords, you don’t have to worry about the cords starting a fire, and these cords will deliver the right amount of electricity for your stuff, the super thick cord ensures that!  A two-pack of these cords are available on Amazon for $23.99, and they are worth getting, don’t get those cheap electrical cords anymore!

Order your cords on Amazon by clicking here!

Learn more about Solid-Cordz at: http://solid-cordz.com/

Note: I was given two free power cords for a review. All opinions are my own!

Product Review: Solid-Cordz Gold Plated HDMI Cable


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It’s time for another Geek Alabama product review, and in this review, I was sent a gold-plated HDMI cable from the folks at Solid-Cordz.  The 6ft High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet 28 AWG provides an interface between any audio/video source, such as set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, DVD players, video game consoles, AV receivers, and an audio and/or video monitor, such as digital television or plasma monitor, over a single cable.

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From their website, they describe what their gold plated HDMI cables do.

  • HDMI Ethernet Channel – The HDMI 1.4 specification adds a data channel to the HDMI connection, enabling high-speed, bi-directional communication. Connected devices that include this feature can send and receive data via 100 Mb/sec Ethernet, making them instantly ready for any IP-based application.
  • Audio Return Channel – The new specification adds an audio channel that will reduce the number of cables required to deliver audio “upstream” from a TV to an A/V receiver for processing and playback. In cases where a TV features an internal content source, such as a built-in tuner or DVD player, the Audio Return Channel allows the TV to send audio data upstream to the A/V receiver via the HDMI cable, eliminating the need for an extra cable.
  • 3D Support – The 1.4 version of the specification defines common 3D formats and resolutions for HDMI-enabled devices, enabling 3D gaming and other 3D video applications.
  • 4K Resolution Support – The new specification enables HDMI devices to support extremely high HD resolutions, effectively four times the resolution of a 1080p device. Support for 4K allows the HDMI interface to transmit digital content at the same resolution as the state-of-the-art Digital Cinema systems used in many movie theaters.

So, I got two gold-plated HDMI cables.  Since I don’t have a HDMI connection to my internet source, I used the cables on my Blu-Ray DVD player!  To test out the cables, I played the classic 1980’s movie Caddyshack, which is in Blu-Ray.  The picture was very clear and sharp.  Other than the facts that the movie is from the 1980’s and you see the looks of the cars, dresses, and hairstyles, you might have thought the movie was made not too long ago in our HD world today.

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The sound was also sharp and clear as well!  Although I can not test out the Ethernet connections because I don’t have the capacity, I thought the picture and sound was excellent!  And in my house, we like to watch a lot of movies and stream a lot of shows!  The Solid-Cordz gold-plated HDMI cords are $35 on Amazon, and you get two cords!  Since HDMI cables can range in prices and be very expensive, you are getting a good price from Solid-Cordz, and it will last you for years to come!

I will love using these cables when I get my own gaming console and my new internet connection box.  Mostly everyone over on Amazon leaving a review are very satisfied with their gold-plated HDMI cables, and for $35 bucks for two cables, you are getting a deal!  I recommend them!

Order your cables on Amazon by clicking here!

Learn more about Solid-Cordz at: http://solid-cordz.com/

Note: I was given two free cables for a review.  All opinions are my own!

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Product Reviews: Marie Callender’s Biscuits / Better Bakery Pretzel Melts


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This product reviews post is for two frozen food products that have recently come out!  One is for breakfast and the other is for a snack or lunch.  First, let’s talk about a new product from Marie Callender’s.

Marie Callender’s Biscuits

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Marie Callender’s has plenty of food products you can choose from.  But these new breakfast biscuits are new to the frozen food aisle.  Cheddar biscuits come in several varieties and I got the bacon, egg, and cheese product.  The biscuits come in individually wrapped boxes.  The instructions are very easy to follow and they are printed on each box which contains one biscuit.

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The biscuit is cut in half and contains a bacon patty, cheese, and scrambled eggs all frozen.  You follow the directions and cook for 1:30.  But in my microwave, it took around 2:00 to fully cook.  After cooking all three that came in one package, this is what I got.

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The biscuits were good for a frozen product!  The biscuit was slightly dry but I loved the bacon patty!  The eggs were hot and the cheese was very gooey and melted across the entire biscuit.  I thought this biscuit is great if you are trying to save money and not wanting to go out to buy fast-food for breakfast.  I would get this product again!

Learn more about the Marie Callender’s Biscuits at: http://www.mariecallendersmeals.com/breakfast-bakes

Better Bakery Pretzel Melts

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A bakery out in California is now in the frozen food business!  Better Bakery has a line of pretzel rolls which they claim are all hand crafted.  The dough is hand rolled and the silts on top are hand cut.  Everything inside the pretzel rolls are deli quality ingredients and nothing weird is used!  I got the pepperoni and cheese pizza pretzel melt.

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The pretzel melts comes individually wrapped and looks like a pretzel roll with salt on top.  After cooking in the microwave, the filling has plenty of pepperoni, cheese, and sauce.  I thought the combination of pizza and pretzel works well!  I wonder how long it will be before a pizza company offers a pretzel crust, it would do well!  I would get this product again and try the other varieties!

Learn more about Better Bakery Pretzel Melts at: http://betterbakeryco.com/

Product Reviews: Bright Light Pillow / Flashlight Friends


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Over the weekend, I received two products from Idea Village that are for families and kids.  You have seen the commercials on TV for the Bright Light Pillow and Flashlight Friends.

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These products are mostly for the bedroom and the bed.  The Bright Light Pillow has multi-color LED lights inside a soothing pillow.  Flashlight Friends come in six different plush animals and they all feature a LED flashlight built right in.  Here are the TV ads.

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The Bright Light Pillow comes in either the Starlight Square or the Twinkling Star.  The pillow is all white or pink and is very soft to the touch.  The idea is to make the pillow soothing enough that kids will want to fall asleep on top of it.  I got the Twinkling Star and the instructions are very easy to follow.  Insert three AA batteries in a pack and push the on/off button.  When you first turn on the lights, it takes a minute to cycle through the colors.  But after 1-2 minutes.  You see the pillow in very pretty colors!  Here is a shot of the pillow in day and night.

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The lights in the pillow are very bright at night and even during the day!  The lights automatically shut off after 15 minutes so your batteries will last.  The only thing I did not like about the pillow was the lights are only on one side.  As you see below, one side has lights while the other side does not have any lights.

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The pillow can not be washed in a washing machine either.  So if you have kids who like to get dirty, this pillow will get dirty fast!  Only spot cleaning is allowed on the pillow to keep it working.  But overall, I was very impressed with this pillow, and I think kids, teens, and even adults will love it!

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Flashlight Friends comes in six different plush animals which include the penguin, dragon, puppy, turtle, panda, and the unicorn.  The idea for Flashlight Friends is to give kids comfort and security at bedtime.  Kids can easily carry the plush animal because there is a loop on the back of the animal for easy carrying.  And don’t worry about wasting batteries, the LED flashlight will shut off automatically after 10 minutes.

I got the penguin and it is very soft to the touch.  The stuffed animal is very durable and it can handle a lot of abuse from small kids.  To activate the LED flashlight, push the light in the middle of the tummy two times.  The LED flashlight is very bright and for kids who are afraid of the dark, this product will give them comfort.  I know kids can get scared at night like during thunderstorms.  This product does a good job with the flashlight!  Here are photos showing the flashlight during the night.

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Both Bright Light Pillow and Flashlight Friends are great products that kids will enjoy at bedtime.  It will make the bedtime experience much cooler for the kids.  And for the adults, you will get your kids to bed faster!  I know you will like that!  Both products are now available in national stores and I give both products a thumbs up!

Learn more about the Bright Light Pillow at: https://www.brightlightpillow.com/

Learn more about Flashlight Friends at: https://www.flashlightfriends.com/

NOTE: I was given a Bright Light Pillow and Flashlight Friend for review.